Klopp brushes off criticism and bemoans bad luck

Date published: Thursday 7th January 2016 11:59

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Jurgen Klopp has brushed off the criticism over his intense style of play and says Liverpool have simply been “unlucky”.

Former Liverpool manager and player Graeme Souness believes Klopp’s demands on his players is a contributing factor to their recent injury crisis.

Souness told Sky Sports: “A new manager comes in and all the chat was about high press further up the field. It’s hard work to do that for 90 minutes. You can do it in bursts.

“You can do it for an hour, you can do it for 70 minutes, but to do it for 90 minutes is a big demand on your legs.

“I just think they’ve fallen foul of that. It’s not a coincidence, five hamstrings. To have them all at one time, I think they have to look at what they’re doing in training.”

Dejan Lovren and Philippe Coutinho both picked up hamstring problems in Tuesday’s 1-0 League Cup win at Stoke and they have joined hamstrung stars Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Jordan Rossiter on the Anfield sidelines, but Klopp has denied his methods are to blame.

“People talk about intensity of my style. Two weeks ago we had no idea there would be a problem at centre-half,” said Klopp.

“The problem is that, in this situation, we speak about the intensity of my style. I didn’t create this style, how could I? I’m not a genius.

“We try to be successful but you need a little bit of luck, we haven’t had this.

“Maybe the first game against Tottenham was more intensive. It’s average running, football is not all about more. It’s about thinking quicker in the right position.

“There is no time for training, it’s only recovery. The game is our only session in the week.”

Klopp, who has recalled Ryan Kent, Tiago Ilori and Shey Ojo from loan spells away from the club, also admitted he could bring back some more of hos loan rangers.

“It’s possible (I could bring others back from loan spells) but at this moment I’m not sure,” said Klopp.

“We have taken back our own players. These are our players – Ojo, Kent & Tiago. The biggest talents should be at your own club and play together in the U21s as a team.”

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