Last week it was Villarreal manager Marcelino. This week, it’s Carlo Ancelotti who is annoyed by Jurgen Klopp.
The Liverpool boss has conducted himself at Anfield with typical flamboyance, celebrating tackles as if they were goals and hollering: “Boom!” after the Reds beat Manchester City.
Marcelino was upset by Klopp’s antics on the touchline during last week’s Europa League semi-final. Each of Liverpool’s three goals was met with an animated celebration, much to the Villarreal chief’s anger.
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And now incoming Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly livid with Klopp for securing two of Bayern’s key back-room staff.
The Liverpool boss has revealed that his players are in for a gruelling pre-season consisting of triple training sessions.
And fitness and conditioning coach Andreas Kornmayer and nutritionist Mona Nemmer have been brought in from the Bundesliga champions to ensure Klopp’s players are in peak physical condition ahead of next season.
Ancelotti is "livid"
According to the Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe, the departures of two important members of staff has left Ancelotti “livid”.
Kornmayer has worked under Louis van Gaal, Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola and will lead Liverpool’s fitness team.
Klopp is aware of the importance of fitness, especially in his tough ‘gegenpressing’ system, and so it’s no surprise he’s recruited someone with an impressive track record.
“Don’t forget,” the Liverpool manager said this year, per The Guardian. “The 2013 treble-winning team of Bayern was unbelievably strong and they had all their players fit until the end.”
Meanwhile, Nemmer was a Guardiola addition who is regarded as one of the finest nutritionists in elite sport. She spent five seasons with the German football association, working with the national team, before joining Bayern in 2013.
Gruelling pre-season ahead
The pair were brought in as Liverpool’s players prepare for their first pre-season under Klopp. There have been flashes this season of the effectiveness of his system but a full offseason is needed to fully ingrain the German’s approach.
The 2016 European Championship provides a distraction and might force the former Borussia Dortmund boss to extend the pre-season regime into the season.
“We have to do a lot to create a base for one year,” he said, per the Telegraph.
“We stop pre-season in the middle of August and maybe, with the players who come back from the Euros, it will be difficult.
So, we might have to make their pre-season two weeks longer so that it goes into the season. That might mean they do not play at that stage or they are only allowed to play so many minutes.
“Everything you do is based around physical potential and what you do in pre-season is key to that. We are now really fit, but our best sessions have been the games. On the one side we play a little bit too often and it’s too intense training, but usually we are in a good shape.”