A change in formation may be right for Liverpool

January 14, 2013

The second half of yesterday’s game at Old Trafford may well prove to be a turning point for Brendan Rodgers and his team. The introduction of Liverpool’s latest signing, Daniel Sturridge, came after a first half where Liverpool had been totally outplayed by United and Luis Suarez had been left isolated and ineffectual. The key…

(A)HEAD OF THE GAME

November 26, 2012

Liverpool are to be congratulated on getting sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters involved one day a week at their Melwood training centre. www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2237688/Brendan-Rodgers-hires-cycling-psychologist-Liverpool-edge.html I first heard of Steve Peters when he spoke at the Leaders in Performance conference in October 2011. I was hugely impressed with his talk and when I got back to Liverpool…

ACL INJURIES: PREVENTABLE?

September 26, 2012

We are only a month or so into the new Premier League season and already there have been four anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. I have spoken about ACL tears recently http://www.peterbrukner.com/wallabies-captain-will-genia-tears-anterior-cruciate-ligament/ Last weekend veteran QPR striker Andy Johnson tore his ACL. Other players who have had ACL injuries this season are Ryan Taylor of…

Hamstring injuries: Can we prevent them

September 21, 2012

More hamstring  injuries this week at Premier League clubs It was a bad weekend for QPR who had two hamstring injuries in last Saturday’s game. Fabio and Anton Ferdinand are two of a number of PL footballers currently out with a hamstring injury. Another was added to the list when Sammy Nasri came off with a…

Man United star has meniscal surgery

September 9, 2012

Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones had had a significant setback in his attempt to return to play following a back injury. At training last week Jones injured his knee and later had surgery to remove part of his meniscus. The medial and lateral menisci are crescent-shaped structures that sit in the knee joint…

Premier League injury update: Week 3

September 5, 2012

PREMIER LEAGUE INJURY UPDATE: Week 3 The main injury news from Week 3 of the Premier League was the hamstring injury sustained by West Ham’s new loan signing from Liverpool, Andy Carroll. Carroll was having a good first up game against Fulham when he injured his hamstring. He will miss at least 3-4 weeks which…

Sky Sports News: The signing medical

August 29, 2012

When being transferred to a Premier League club, before the signing can go through, the player is subjected to a “signing medical”. There has always been a great deal of curiosity as to what comprises a signing medical, now the answer is here in a Special Report from Sky Sports News which aired in the UK on Monday…

Premier League Injury Update: Week 2

August 29, 2012

PREMIER LEAGUE INJURY UPDATE: Week 2 The big injury news from Week 2 of the Premier League was Wayne Rooney’s deep laceration to his thigh. Rooney was taken to hospital and the wound closed. Man United immediately made a statement that he would be out for 4 weeks, although some websites later reported that the…

Premier League Injury Update: Week 1

August 22, 2012

PREMIER LEAGUE INJURY UPDATE: Week 1 Three of the big English clubs have significant injury concerns at this early stage of the season. Obviously the major talking point from the weekend’s matches was the knee injury sustained by Manchester City’s star Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero. The challenge looked fairly innocuous but clearly Aguero was in…

Injuries will decide the Premier League (again)

August 22, 2012

INJURIES WILL DECIDE THE PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE (AGAIN) What will determine who will win the 2012-13 Premier league title? Money, manager, quality of squad – all these factors are obviously important, but in the end when you look at the teams that have top quality squads – and I would probably include Man City, Man…