By Will Butcher
Jurgen Klopp has hit back at criticism of Liverpool’s high number of muscle injuries by blaming the fixture list.
Dutch fitness guru Raymond Verheijen has claimed in a series of Twitter posts in recent weeks that Klopp’s methods are successful on the pitch but they lead to his players constantly breaking down.
This came after Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne picked up injuries against Swansea prior to the international break.
Klopp showed he was aware of Verheijen’s criticism at his press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of Monday night’s highly anticipated clash against Manchester United.
Referring to the glut of fixtures over the festive period, Klopp was quoted by the Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe on his personal Twitter account as saying “some Dutch guy will say things” if injuries accumulate.
However, Klopp’s stance failed to take into account that Liverpool will mostly play one match per week during the first half of the season, with their only midweek football coming through the League Cup.
Verheijen, 44, is known for his outspoken criticism of leading managers on the subject of injury prevention, with the methods of Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger also under scrutiny.
The Dutchman is a published author and director of the World Football Academy after coaching posts with the Holland, Russia, South Korea and Wales national teams, as well as Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Verheijen is well-known for being an advocate of the “less, is more” periodisation philosophy, to reduce injuries among footballers.
Over the Christmas period, the Merseyside giants are set to face the likes of Merseyside rivals Everton, Manchester City and Stoke within a short space of time.
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