Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Sam Allardyce after the Sunderland boss suggested that the German's style of play has caused the Reds' current injury crisis.
With as many as 11 first-team players on the sidelines, the revered boss has a whole host of injuries to contend with right now.
The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Co. are all currently unavailable, leaving Klopp facing anxious times at Anfield.
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According to Allardyce, Klopp is to blame for his side's problems, but the Liverpool manager has hit back at his managerial counterpart.
In fact, the former Borussia Dortmund chief has produced a brilliant response, claiming that Allardyce must have the time to think about Liverpool's problems.
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Klopp, of course, will be well aware of the current situation Allardyce finds himself in at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland are currently in 19th position in the Premier League table - five points from safety.
Clearly, then, the Liverpool manager has taken it upon himself to take a subtle dig at the Black Cats manager.
Speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup clash against Exeter City, as per Sky Sports, the Liverpool chief stated: "I knew about the Premier League. It's not a problem. Maybe he [Allardyce] has time to think about Liverpool problems.
"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.
"People talk about the intensity of my style. Two weeks ago we had no idea there would be a problem at centre-half. The truth is we have to react on the situation. It's difficult enough to find quality players. We have eyes open.
"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. No time for training, it's only recovery. The game is our only session in the week."
But Klopp should be careful
Of course, Klopp's high-pressing, all-action style will come under increasing scrutiny with so many players on the treatment table. Is it just bad luck or is he really to blame?
It's football, so everyone has an opinion, but it certainly gives the revered coach something to think about at this stage. He certainly can't afford to lose another couple of key men over the coming weeks.
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