FA treating players like horses, says angry Klopp

Date published: Wednesday 21st October 2015 4:13

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Jurgen Klopp has said the FA are ‘treating players like horses’ after Jordan Rossiter was injured while duty for England Under-19s.

New Liverpool boss Klopp displayed his dismay at the club’s press conference on Wednesday, saying: “If you handle players like horses, then they will become horses,” after youngster Rossiter returned to Melwood last week with a hamstring problem after playing three times in five days for England’s Under-19s.

Klopp confirmed he will seek an explanation from the Football Association, but did not want to cause a fuss on his first day in the job, however he has made it clear he is unhappy about the situation.

“[Jordan] Rossiter is a special story, I’ve never heard a player at 19 years having to play three games in five days. Now we have to wait for him,” said Klopp, whose men face Rubin Kazan on Thursday at Anfield.


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“It’s too much. What can we say? Three days in five days, football is ninety minutes. If you are young maybe you’re more resistant but that is not normal.

“I have to talk to somebody. We are in contact, I didn’t want to call somebody at the FA on my first day but this is not okay.

“He has a hamstring injury and it was because of the match. These young players are our future, if we handle them like horses than they will be horses.

“It’s normal in England three games in five days? At Christmas I know, two games in two days!”


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