Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes that player welfare is not being taken seriously despite the rising number of coronavirus cases and fixture congestion in the Premier League. The Premier League had 90 positive coronavirus cases last week among players and staff. Despite these high numbers, the Premier League announced that they would continue with the current schedule after meeting with the clubs. Six of the 10 fixtures were called off last weekend.
“I don’t think people can appreciate how intense it is until you actually see it first hand,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said. “Football to us is everything and we want to be able to perform at the highest level every time we set foot on the pitch. And unfortunately, in this period it is difficult to do that. That has been like this for a few years now and it has been difficult but then, on top of that, you chuck in Covid and it becomes even harder and even worse. I am concerned that nobody really takes player welfare seriously.”
“I think decisions get made – of course, we want to play as footballers, we want to get out there and play – but I am worried about player welfare and I don’t think anybody does take that seriously enough, especially in this period, when Covid is here,” he added. “We will try to have conversations in the background and try to have some sort of influence going forward, but at the minute I don’t feel the players get the respect they deserve in terms of having somebody being able to speak for them independently and having the power to say actually this isn’t right for player welfare.”