Jurgen Klopp to blame for Liverpool injury woes, claims Sam Allardyce
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has inflamed his feud with Jurgen Klopp by claiming the Liverpool coach is responsible for the flurry of hamstring injuries at Anfield.
The Liverpool squad is decimated ahead of this Friday’s FA Cup tie at Exeter, at least four of the absentees due to a hamstring issue. Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren added to Klopp’s woes on Tuesday, joining Divock Origi and Martin Skrtel with the same problem.
Allardyce says Klopp has underestimated the physical demands of English football.
“That is him (Klopp) asking his players to play a high tempo pressing game from the top end. It's great that the players have been able to carry it out but I think it has kicked in now,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.
"I don't think Jurgen has realised just how ferocious our league is at this period of time and because he has asked for that extra high energy that extra 10 yards these lads are fatiguing now with so many games in such a short period of time and are picking up these muscle strains. They are highly trained athletes more than ever before, and they become more susceptible to injuries by the amount of work they do in a game now.
"I still hark on about having a break at this time to lessen the workload on players. As a league and as a country we should look at helping the players along the way. Stoke played the same team fourth game in a row and the lads looked like they couldn't run."
Liverpool’s players have dismissed such claims, however. Adam Lallana said it is the amount of games the side has played – Tuesday was the 30th fixture of the season – that is of more signficance.
“We've had so many games recently that we've mainly been doing recovery sessions between games, so it's not as if the training has been really intensive,” said Lallana.
“You can't blame that. Sometimes you are just unlucky with injuries and we've had a lot of bad luck recently.
“I know from my time at Liverpool that we've got a world-class medical team here. We certainly can't point the finger at anyone. It's a big blow losing Philippe and Dejan, and we just hope they aren't going to be out for long.”
It’s not the first time Allardyce has offered an opinion on Klopp, branding him a ‘soft German’ following anger at a tackle on Mamadou Sakho at Sunderland.
Sakho missed last night’s win at Stoke because he was still feeling the effects of the challenge from Jeremain Lens.