Liverpool FC fitness regime questioned by Roy Hodgson
Hodgson claims there is little medical evidence to support Liverpool’s two-day recovery system
October 14th, 2014
Raheem Sterling has been trending ever since it emerged that the Liverpool youngster spoke privately to Roy Hodgson and asked him to be left out of the England starting line-up for Sunday’s match against Estonia.
It is debatable whether Hodgson needed to go public and reveal that Sterling had admitted to feeling a “little tired” after playing just 45 minutes against San Marino, although the England manager has chosen to make the matter public.
Hodgson has now questioned whether Liverpool’s policy of a two-day recovery system after matches is the right way forward and contests whether that route has any medical basis.
“Raheem might say it is something that is becoming ingrained in him and that he felt the need to talk about being tired more than he would normally do,” Hodgson said. “We have never had any problems with that [Liverpool’s policy] but I don’t think there is a lot of medical evidence to support the two-day recovery so, if you want to, you might want to research that.
“Certainly the Germans who everyone admires so much, they don’t do it, that is for certain. We did it from the start because we had people such as John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard who I felt would be better off having an extra day.
“I would expect players not to take it for granted that there will be two-day recoveries but on the other hand it could easily be like this time when we did virtually nothing in terms of what I consider to be training the day after the San Marino game and only 40 minutes, including the warm-up, the day before the Estonia game, and that was at a fairly low-level intensity.
“I think I should speak to Brendan (Rodgers) but it really is very simple and I am sure he understands the situation,” Hodgson continued. “He [Sterling] has played a lot of games recently and it is the first year in the Champions League for Liverpool for a while, so the games have obviously been quite high-pressure games. Brendan has been talking about the pressures Raheem has been under and the fatigue that may have set in, so I am pretty sure he will be dealing with Raheem over the next month as he sees fair.
“Our record over my two and a half years has not been too bad in terms of looking after the players. We don’t send them back injured very often, though it is going to happen from time to time, and I think that is because we do have a very good medical and fitness staff and we do try to consider these things.
“But I thought there was a good question: am I the only one with that responsibility? Or does it have to be shared between club and country? I think it does.”