I like international football actually, but the confederations and FIFA have been way too aggressive about creating new events, crowding the calendar with friendlies.
There are just a maximum of 2 friendlies per year for European nations. 8 in the Euro playoffs this week, have only had competitive games.
Joe was very unlucky to get this injury when he did, but he has had long term injuries in the past. He may not have even played the friendly with England. However, he still would be required to attend their training camp and prepare for their 2 competitive games during the coming week.
Knee injury according to James Pearce.
I'm not getting into an argument on klopp should have bought another defender. But his first act in the market in the window was to sell an experienced centre half ... he chose not to replace him and go with 3 senior centre backs, 2 of whom he knew are made of glass. Fabinho is ok for an emergency 5th choice as we have midfield cover. But he is one of the top holding midfielders in the world. Not buying a centre back not only left us short at the back but also meant we had to weaken our midfield to move fabinho (who is not a centre half) back. It was madness during the window, madness when the window closed and its still madness now. Its predictably backfired on Jürgen and spectacularly so with losing his mainstay and rock as well.
Matip struggles with 1 game a week ... if he or Joe are injured nobody really is surprised. Matip won't stay fit. His body won't allow it.
I love jurgen to bits ... always will. But he got this wrong. I get no pleasure out of that.
Gutted for Joe. Is that 3 serious injurys now plus a broken leg since he signed? His partnership with VVD is going to be in the rehabilitation centre it seems for the foreseeable future.
Honestly, how many of us were devastated to see Dejan go? Many would have chipped in for his airfare. He's not exactly a stranger to a treatment room either.
We're not the only club with an injury list atm.
Players can't be wrapped up in cotton wool in case they might get injured. Travel is an unavoidable part of this job, at club and international level. In the past month, Kelleher has travelled to Slovakia, Finland, Holland, Italy, Ireland, and Liverpool, back and forth. He must think he's on a European tour rather than a football team, as he's racked up the air miles, but never got on a pitch.