Liverpool sack Head Physio Andy Renshaw

Renshaw assumed first-team duties last summer

Renshaw assumed first-team duties last summer

LIVERPOOL have dismissed Head Physio Andy Renshaw, who had been at the club for more than eight years.

The news, first reported in the Telegraph last night, has been confirmed to TGG, although the exact reasons are not known. Renshaw joined the Reds from Bolton in 2009 as Academy physio, before being promoted to first-team duties 15 months ago.

Last week he gave an in-depth interview to the Rousing the Kop website, alongside Andrew Massey, the club’s Head of Medical Services, and was bullish about the team’s injury record.

“The facts are simple,” he said. “I started [current role] in July 2016, and during that season we reduced preventable injuries by 63% compared to the season prior. The days missed due to these reduced from 623 days for season 2015/16 to 144 days missed during 2016/17.

“The number of these injuries also reduced from 30 in 2015/16 to 11 in 2016/17. In 2015/16 there were 17 hamstring injuries. Last season we had three. I could go on, believe me.

“The manager, the coaching staff, the sports science staff, and the medical staff all work communally to keep these figures low, whilst trying to maximise performance, so when our results are outstanding and people still publish false information – yes, that’s a tad frustrating.

"Our team of staff truly is exceptional at working together to keep players on the pitch and to return injured players back as safely and as quickly as possible."

Liverpool face Manchester United in the Premier League next week and it is unclear who will assume Renshaw’s duties.

German Christopher Rohrbeck was recruited from manager Jurgen Klopp’s former club Mainz in the summer and is an experienced osteopath.

Ruben Pons is also experienced and highly thought of, having worked at Villarreal as well as running his own practice in Spain.

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