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World Crazy personnel shortage! Klopp has already put these 18 defensive pairs on

17:40  28 february  2021
17:40  28 february  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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Liverpool FC is plagued by extreme bad luck with injuries in defense. Jürgen Klopp is therefore happily trying it out. SPORT1 lists all the duos used.

Irre Personalnot! Diese 18 Abwehrpärchen stellte Klopp schon auf © Provided by sport1.de Irre personnel shortage! Klopp has already put these 18 defensive pairs on

. Liverpool FC's bad luck with injuries this season is undoubtedly record-breaking - and an important reason why coach Jürgen Klopp's team is currently only sixth in the Premier League. ( schedule and results of the Premier League )

It all started in October with the derby at Everton, when defensive star Virgil Van Dijk injured his cruciate ligament after a rough foul by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford . However, this should only be the beginning of an unbelievable injury mishap.

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In November, van Dijk's next man Joe Gomez got hit, who will probably not be used again this season due to a knee injury. At the beginning of February, the Reds also lost ex-Schalke Joel Matip due to an ankle injury for the rest of the season. ( table of the Premier League ) Test

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Klopp lively tests

Klopp has to make changes in central defense this season and is constantly testing new duos. Midfielders also have to help out at the back again and again, as Klopp cannot permanently bring the defensive talents from his own offspring against opponents at the highest level.

Nevertheless, a Nathaniel Phillips of necessity also got his chances, although he hadn't been able to assert himself during his time at VfB Stuttgart.

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Although Ozan Kabak from FC Schalke 04 and Ben Davies from second division Preston North End arrived at the end of the winter transfer window, it is still uncertain whether the two newcomers will be able to solve the defensive problem for the rest of the season.

So far, Davies has not even been used. But already a whopping 18 other central defenders. ( NEWS: Everything about the Premier League )

SPORT1 lists the duos in the order in which they were used for the first time this season:

1. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez

games together: 3

Minutes together: 241

2. Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho

games together: 2

minutes together: 119

3. Virgil van Dijk and Rhys Williams

games together: 2

minutes together: 106

4. Fabinho and Rhys Williams

games together: 7

minutes together 395

5. Joe Gomez and Rhys Williams

games together: 3

minutes together: 179

6. Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip

games together: 1

minutes together: 11

7. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip

games together: 2

minutes together: 169 minutes

8. Joe Gomez and Fabinho

games together: 3

minutes together: 210

9. Joe Gomez and Nathaniel Phillips

games together: 1

minutes together: 90

10 Fabinho and Joel Matip

Games together: 7

minutes together: 555

11. J oel Matip and Rhys Williams

games together: 1

minutes together: 85

12. Fabinho and Nathaniel Phillips

games together: 2

minutes together: 180

13. Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio

games together: 1

minutes together: 45 Minutes

14. Fabinho and Jordan Henderson

games together: 4

minutes together: 315 minutes

15. Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson

games together: 1

minutes together: 45

16. Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Phillips

games together: 3

minutes together: 225

17. Ozan Kabak and Jordan Henderson

games together: 3

minutes together: 210

18. Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips

games together: 1

minutes together: 60

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