Jurgen Klopp would have been cursing his luck after Sadio Mane suffered a shoulder injury in training which could rule him out for a number of weeks.
After arriving at the club last October, the German manager had to deal with numerous first-team players being sidelined with the likes of Danny Ings, Philippe Coutinho, Joe Gomez, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Mamadou Sakho all picking up knocks in the first few weeks of Klopp being in charge.
The same is seemingly happening this season already with James Milner, Loris Karius, Sakho, Gomez, Lucas Leiva, Sheji Ojo, Sturridge and now Mane all being ruled out through injury.
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Many believe it’s bad luck but some people are pointing the finger at Klopp.
Klopp has attempted to instill a high-pressing game at Anfield, meaning his players have to work more intensely when they don’t have possession.
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De Boer on Klopp
And new Inter Milan boss Frank de Boer has blamed Klopp for his part in Liverpool’s injury problems.
The Dutchman has recently taken over at the Italian club and insisted that he isn't willing to push the boundaries of his players too early, just like Klopp.
“We also must be very careful at the moment not to be too intense in training as it can lead to many injuries,” he told Gazetta dello Sport, per the Liverpool Echo.
“I remember (Jurgen) Klopp taking over at Liverpool last October and tried to immediately impose his high-pressing style which he used at Borussia Dortmund and it resulted in several injuries, nine in fact. Sometimes it is better to slow down.”
While Klopp’s philosophy may well have resulted in a few injuries, there’s no doubt the club are starting to see the results on the pitch.
On Sunday, their high-pressing style against Arsenal worked to perfection in the second-half as they took a 4-1 lead at the Emirates, before holding on to a 4-3 victory.
Injuries or not, Klopp certainly won’t be changing his style. He is a firm believer in his philosophy having used to with Mainz and Borussia Dortmund to great effect.
Whether Klopp has a reply for De Boer remains to be seen.
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