Sam Allardyce assesses Jurgen Klopp’s impact at Liverpool
Sam Allardyce says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp underestimated the ferocity of the Premier League
Sam Allardyce believes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp underestimated the intensity of the Premier League.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss is on the brink of a first cup final since taking over the reins at Anfield after Liverpool edged to a 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.
I don’t think Jurgen has realised just how ferocious our league is at this period of time
The Reds faltered in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon after a two-game winning streak came to an abrupt end following a comprehensive 2-0 loss to West Ham United at Upton Park.
Liverpool have mounting injury problems after Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure all appeared to pick up hamstring injuries during their Capital One Cup triumph at the Britannia Stadium.
Sunderland manager Allardyce, whose side suffered a 1-0 loss to the Reds last week following Christian Benteke’s winner, discussed Klopp’s injury crisis at the 18-time English champions.
“That is him asking his players to play a high-tempo pressing game from the top end. It’s great that the players have been able to carry it out but I think it has kicked in now,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.
“I don’t think Jurgen has realised just how ferocious our league is at this period of time and because he has asked for that extra high-energy, that extra 10 yards, these lads are fatiguing now with so many games in much a short period of time and are picking up these muscle strains.
“They are highly-trained athletes more than ever before and they become more susceptible injuries by the amount of work they do in a game now.”
Liverpool make the trip to Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night.