Brukner keen to minimise Reds’ injuries

The Australian, who officially takes up his post after travelling

to the World Cup with the Socceroos, intends to introduce new

techniques when he returns to Melwood. Liverpool were badly hit by

injuries during the 2009/10 season with Torres, Gerrard , Martin

Skrtel, Glen Johnson, Yossi Benayoun, Fabio Aurelio, Emiliano

Insua, Daniel Agger, Alberto Aquilani and Javier Mascherano all

sidelined for varying lengths of time. That undoubtedly impacted on

a campaign which produced the club’s worst Premier League finish

for 11 years – seventh – but Brukner hopes to be able to keep

injuries to a minimum next season. “The players will notice an

immediate difference come the start of the 2010/11 season,” said

Liverpool’s head of sports medicine and sports science, who plans

to divide players into groups depending on their injury history and

then target them with specific work. “Our plan is for the players

to do a 15-minute session before they start training. “This will be

purely on injury prevention – working on hamstrings, groins,

thighs, calves and so on. “The other thing we’ll be doing more of

is monitoring their general well-being, health and workload. “We’ll

be able to modify their programmes depending on how much they play

and how quickly they recover. “You can’t stop all injuries. There

are certain injuries which are inevitable – like when someone gets

a kick or something. “But I think we can certainly reduce the

amount of injuries – particularly what we call soft-tissue

injuries. “Things like hamstring muscle, groin muscle, calf muscle

and tears.”