Liverpool have suffered a number of injuries this season

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Jurgen Klopp fears the Premier League is facing an injury crisis on the scale of football’s dementia scandal.  

The Liverpool manager lost Joe Gomez to a long-term knee injury during the international break and fears more problems during the Christmas period when teams face two fixtures in three days. 

Klopp believes the workload of players, who have no midweek breaks while in European competition, must be addressed, with 75 per cent of managers in favour of five substitutes per game a step in the right direction.   

“In Christmas we will again play twice in less than 48 hours and we will have this discussion again – and everyone will look at me: ‘oh he is talking again about all this stuff’,” Klopp said. “But at Christmas, from a physical point of view, it is possible but really dangerous, and over the season it is the same.

“With the discussions around – and I take it really serious – what we are talking about with dementia and all the concussion stuff with heading, if people would have talked about that 50 years ago we wouldn’t have to discuss it today.

“And now we are in the really difficult situation where players are more under threat than before because of the situation the whole world is in, so we have to make sure we help as much as we can. That is the thing – we really have to talk about these things because otherwise nothing will change, and things have to change.

“Thank goodness we had, two days ago, this managers meeting – and if we could have voted that day it would have been 15-5 in favour of five subs. But we couldn’t vote because managers aren’t allowed to do that.”

Virgil van Dijk,Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara have also suffered injuries, while Jordan Henderson returned early from England duty after a thigh problem. Mohamed Salah retuned a postive test for Covid-19 after travelling to Egypt for their international fixtures. 

Meanwhile, Klopp says he wants to stay at Liverpool after his name was linked with the Germany job following their 6-0 defeat to Spain. 

“Maybe in the future but now, no, because now I have no time. I have a job – a pretty intense job by the way,” he said. “I am not sure if anybody has asked after me but if they don’t know I have a job here at Liverpool – even though the weather is bad again.

“I like it and I am responsible for a lot of things here so I will not go and search for another challenge. I already have enough challenges after waking up in the morning.”