Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has apologised to his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp over his comments about the Anfield club’s injury crisis.
Allardyce claimed the spate of hamstring injuries that Liverpool had picked up were down to Klopp’s high-tempo pressing game, when he spoke with talkSPORT on Wednesday.
Philippe Coutinho, who looks set to be sidelined until February and Dejan Lovren both picked up hamstring injuries in the midweek win at Stoke, while Kolo Toure finished the game limping with cramp.
They have joined hamstrung stars Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Jordan Rossiter on the Anfield sidelines, but Klopp denied his methods were to blame.
Klopp had earlier hit back at Allardyce, who had also called him “a soft German” over an incident during a game between the two sides last week, when he said: “I knew about the Premier League. It’s not a problem. Maybe he [Allardyce] has time to think about Liverpool problems.”
Allardyce was asked about his comments at Thursday’s press conference ahead of the FA Cup third-round clash with Arsenal on Saturday, and he apologised to the German boss.
“If Jurgen is listening, I didn’t mean to upset you or criticise your club in any way. I was just giving what I see could be one of the reasons why we get injuries,” said Allardyce.
“It was a question that Alan (Brazil) asked me, I answered it and never expected it to bring the headlines it’s brought.
“I am very wary about the amount of work we do in the week now, in the hope that our players have enough energy to do the running in this period of time to try and get a result. We are all suffering because of it.
“I’ll probably suffer some injuries now, by the end of next week, when we are playing three games in a short period of time. I was just trying to say he hasn’t experienced this level of football before and maybe that might be one of the causes.
“I had no intentions of trying to wind him up or any such. Alan asked me to talk about Sunderland. He threw the question in at the end and maybe I should have said it’s not for me to answer, it’s for Jurgen.”