England Under-19 manager Aidy Boothroyd is ready to confront Jurgen Klopp over his decision to play Jordan Rossiter in all three of the team's recent matches, according to MailOnline.
The young midfielder played 90 minutes in the three games, which took place over six days last week. As a result, Rossiter suffered a significant hamstring injury and is likely to be out until early December.
Having already lost Danny Ings and Joe Gomez to cruciate ligament damage, Klopp was outspoken in his criticism of the way Boothroyd treated the 18-year-old. The German manager said his counterpart treated Rossiter like a horse.
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He told reporters: "I did not want to start my first week at Melwood with a complaint, but it cannot be normal to play three games in five [sic] days, even in England. What can I say?
"These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses then we get horses. We would prefer them to have time to develop and not feel too much pressure. Three games in five days for an 18-year-old is just wrong.”
Klopp also demanded a formal explanation from the FA, which Boothroyd is happy to answer. The former Watford manager would even be able to meet with the Liverpool boss to discuss his reasons in more detail.
Rossiter was one of three players who played the full length of all three matches. Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and Chelsea's Jake Clarke-Salter also played 270 minutes, each forming a crucial part of the team's spine.
All three games formed part of European Championship qualifying and England required at least a draw in their final game against Italy to secure a higher seeding in the draw. Rossiter helped the Three Lions to a 0-0 draw in that game.