Liverpool left-back and Scotland captain Andy Robertson says players need help to minimise the amount of injuries being picked up.
Debate has rumbled on from the weekend as players are continuously put through their paces down south. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been vocal in his support for the schedule to be spaced out more fairly in order to allow players to rest.
Robertson has already picked up tight hamstrings this season and still managed to play every minute of Liverpool’s Premier League title defence, the only player to do so.
Several clubs like the Anfield club are suffering far more muscle injuries this term, Liverpool losing James Milner with another on Saturday. The Scotland captain’s asking for help.
“Maybe we could get a little bit more help,” said Robertson. “My manager has probably been the most vocal on it but I know a lot of managers are crying out for five substitutions.
“It seems every game I watch or every game I’m involved in someone is going off injured with something. I always go at 100 per cent of course.
“Certain games you maybe need to adapt: Atalanta away we adapted a bit with me and Trent (Alexander-Arnold) playing deeper and being more inside, which saved our legs a bit and meant we weren’t sprinting as much.
“We also got taken off in that game because of how well we had played (they won 5-0). You maybe do have to adapt as the season goes on but not too much because the reason you’re playing is the way you play and you can’t change everything and you can’t change too much.
“It is just about trying to prepare as best as possible, trying to keep as fit and healthy as possible, listen to the sports scientists and listen to your body. So far, touch wood, I’ve been OK and fit and hopefully that continues because the schedule is not going to get any easier.”