Jurgen Klopp has been on the end of a few points of accusation as a result of Liverpool’s current injury crisis, but James Milner thinks the idea that it’s the German’s fault is simply ‘b******s’.
Speaking to The Independent, Milner defender his new boss, suggesting that it wasn’t fair that the style of play he is implementing is blamed for the number of players unable to play.
Milner calls out critics
A number of players are set to be missing for the next few games as a result of picking up various injuries. Klopp’s fabled ‘gegenpress’ has been labelled as a potential reason. Milner isn’t buying any of it.
“To be honest, I think that is a bit of bollocks,” Milner says emphatically.
“Yes, look at the games we have played, but look at how many other teams have had hamstring injuries. I don’t think you can blame the style of play. People will say we are training too hard, but we have been playing every three days, so there is no time to train.
“I think the workload is a shock for the foreign lads and as the manager said, during the period of time they would have had off in Germany, we will have played 10 games. It is different, but that’s the way it is over here, so you just get on with it.”
Big names out
In fairness to Klopp, Liverpool’s recent fixture list hasn’t been kind to him. All the same, though, there may be concerns moving forward if his star players can’t keep fit.
The likes of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho will be missing from the side that takes on Manchester United in the Premier League at Anfield tomorrow, making the task of trumping Louis van Gaal’s side all the more arduous.
Having said that, time apparently heals all wounds - not necessarily true in a literal sense, we’ll admit - and the longer Klopp spends in England the more acclimatised he’ll become to the challenges the competitions produce in terms of squad selection.
Liverpool fans, is Milner right? Or is Klopp to blame for the injury troubles at Anfield? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.