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Liverpool £16m wage hit as cost of injury crisis clear

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Curtis Jones of Liverpool goes down with an injury during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Liverpool FC at Gtech Community Stadium on February 17, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Liverpool spent more than £16million in wages on injured players during the 2023-24 season - with 18 players missing a total of 355 games throughout the campaign.

According to a study undertaken by Prime Slots UK, Liverpool spent a total of £16.22million in wages on injured players. Chelsea topped the list, spending just under £45million on injured players’ wages. Premier League clubs spent a total of £218million in wages on injured players this term.

Liverpool’s 2023-24 season saw 18 players injured with Thiago Alcantara missing the highest number of matches. On an average, an injured Reds player missed 58.17 days of footballing action throughout the season.

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Thiago missed 57 games because of a hip and a muscle injury, playing just five minutes throughout the season. Fellow midfielder Stefan Bajcetic’s calf injury kept him out of action for 41 matches.

Reds No.1 keeper Alisson Becker suffered a hamstring injury in training, which forced the Brazilian to sit out for 17 games, allowing Caoimhin Kelleher to take charge between the posts. Centre-back Joel Matip’s season ended after Liverpool's 4-3 home win over Fulham in December as the 32-year-old suffered an ACL injury.

Jurgen Klopp’s beloved full-back duo, Andy Robertson and Trent-Alexander Arnold, missed a total of 48 matches, with the former navigating through a shoulder injury and the latter enduring a torn lateral knee ligament. Outgoing Reds boss Klopp also had to do without talisman Mohamed Salah for 10 games as the Egyptian picked up a muscle injury during AFCON.

Injuries forced Klopp to make wholesale changes to his squad, with the Carabao Cup final being the most notable instance, with the German forced to field five academy prospects. Despite the absentees, youthful Liverpool produced a heroic performance to beat Chelsea 1-0 after extra-time courtesy of a Virgil van Dijk goal.

The long-term injury to Matip allowed Jarell Quansah to flourish in the first-team set up while fellow academy graduate Conor Bradley stepped in and stepped up for Alexander-Arnold.

A Prime Slots UK spokesperson said: “The increased workload for Premier League players is quite clearly having a toll on their health, with almost half of the players incurring some sort of injury.

“With the European Championships, Copa America and various lucrative overseas friendlies still to be played this summer, there really is no respite for players at the elite level of football.”

Only Manchester United (£34million), Newcastle United (£20.9million), Manchester City (£17.9million) and Tottenham Hotspur (£17.4million), as well as Chelsea (£44.9m), spent more on injured players' wage that Liverpool.