Liverpool players urged to speak to Jurgen Klopp about injury crisis
Stephen Hunt reckons Liverpool's lack of leaders has contributed to injury problems
Stephen Hunt reckons Liverpool’s lack of leaders may have contributed to the mounting injury problems.
The Reds were forced to field a team of youngsters and out-of-favour players for their 2-2 draw with Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
Jurgen Klopp is currently without centre-halves Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, as well as midfielders Jordan Henderson and James Milner, plus Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has been criticised for his supposed exhausting training methods, with his detractors suggesting Klopp has worked his players too hard.
However, former Republic of Ireland international Hunt believes it is the responsibility of the senior players to inform Klopp that his training sessions are proving destructive.
“He also might have needed somebody in the squad to stand up and tell him their concerns, but the problem with the Liverpool team is that it doesn’t seem to have too many leaders,” Hunt on Irish Independent.
“I remember reading that Tony Adams persuaded Arsene Wenger not to abandon three at the back when the new manager arrived at Arsenal after the season had started. Wenger wanted to play a flat back four, but under Bruce Rioch, Arsenal had played with a three.
“They’d worked on it in pre-season and Adams felt it would be counter-productive to change at that stage. Wenger agreed.
“I’m not sure who would speak to Klopp in a similar way. Jordan Henderson has been injured, James Milner has just arrived at the club, while there are very few players so certain of their place that they’d want to make a challenging if constructive point to the manager.”
Liverpool host Premier League leaders Arsenal at Anfield on Wednesday night before welcoming bitter rivals Manchester United on Merseyside next Sunday.
Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers in October.