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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
'They'd work every day if we let them'
18th Feb 2014 -
head of performance has detailed the individual management that is
overseen by the club's Melwood staff to ensure that the likes of Jordan
Henderson and Luis Suarez thrive on a matchday.
The former has started each and every one of the Reds' Barclays
Premier League fixtures in 2013-14; the latter, meanwhile, has been a
constant presence since returning to action back in September.
Suarez's goals - 23 of them in the top flight so far this season -
usually dominate headlines surrounding the Uruguayan, but his relentless
work-rate and desire regularly catches the eye too.
It is important, therefore, that Brendan Rodgers' players follow the
requisite schedule in between matches to maximise their output on the
pitch - and that is where Glen Driscoll comes in.
A long-time staff member alongside the Liverpool manager, the sports
science expert has explained exactly how the squad's fitness is
maintained at the highest levels - with a particular focus on the
Driscoll told Liverpoolfc.com: "Luis is a phenomenon. He has an
unrelenting drive and mentality but is also very robust intrinsically.
"But, extrinsically, because of the recovery strategies we give the players, we minimise the risk of burn-out.
"If we didn't periodise the players appropriately, not giving them
two days recovery, and a two-day preparation phase leading into games,
which is lighter, we would be at risk of flat-lining players.
"What Henderson and Suarez have in common is we believe they are two
players who need protecting from themselves. They would take the option
of not recovering if we gave it to them and work every day between
"You have to admire their work ethic and desire but experience tells
us if they did this, it would be detrimental to their performance and
increase the risk of injury.
"There are other times in the week when we can let them fly, and
thankfully they are certainly doing that in matches at the moment."
"When injuries do happen, we take it as an opportunity to work on a
player's fitness, strength and injury prevention programme," Driscoll
"So although Sturridge was out injured with his ankle, he was doing
long days at Melwood working on his general strength and conditioning.
"This commitment to his rehabilitation enabled him to come back and hit the ground running as he did after both injuries."