Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised the FA after young midfielder Jordan Rossiter picked up a hamstring injury while away with England Under-19s.
The Reds academy graduate endured a gruelling run of three games in six days during the international break and the German manager has accused the association of treating players 'like horses'.
Rossiter, who has made three appearances in all competitions for the Anfield club this season, played the full 90 minutes against Macedonia, Finland and Italy in England's European Championship qualifying campaign.
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And Klopp has hit out at the governing body for the gruelling run of fixtures enforced on the young midfielder.
As per the Mirror, the former Borussia Dortmund boss said: “These young players are our future, if we handle them like horses then we get horses. It is too much. What can we say? Three games in five days, football is 90 minutes.
"There are special things you have to use, your muscles and if you’re young maybe you are, more resistant from things from outside but it is not normal to have three matches in five days and send him back. I have to talk to somebody.
“For sure this is not OK, that is all I say. There is no doubt it is not OK. It is the hamstring, a muscle problem and where is that coming from? In the last game."
FIRST HOME GAME
Having made two appearances in the Europa League under Brendan Rodgers, Rossiter will be out of action for Klopp's first home game as Liverpool manager against Rubin Kazan.
The Merseyside club have made a slow start in Group B having drawn their opening two fixtures, but they still sit second in the table.
The atmosphere is sure to be electric at Anfield on Thursday night and a win would be the perfect way for Klopp to kick-off his home career at his new club.
Given Liverpool's current injury crisis, Divock Origi is likely to lead the line once again for the Reds and will be hoping to notch his first goal for the club.
Klopp has said he is happy with the Belgian and Anfield legend Jamie Carragher has even suggested Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge could be under pressure if they do not adapt to Klopp's style - like the young forward has.
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