Frank de Boer criticises Klopp, tells Liverpool manager to slow down
By Amir Mir
Frank de Boer has criticised Jurgen Klopp for introducing his high pressing game too early, which he believes has led to too many injuries at the club.
De Boer was heavily touted to take over the Everton manager’s job this summer, but the recently appointed Inter Milan boss was overlooked in favour of Ronald Koeman.
Klopp took over the Reds in October after the sacking of manager Brendan Rodgers, but de Boer believes he should have waited before introducing his high pressing game.
“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,” de Boer told Gazettea World. “Sometimes it is better to slow down.”
The former Borussia Dortmund manager led his side to a 4-3 victory away to Arsenal on Sunday, but senior figures such as James Milner, Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge were missing through injury.
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Philippe Coutinho subsequently broke down with cramp in the thriller at Emirates Stadium and Sadio Mane suffered a muscle injury in training on Wednesday after initially injuring his shoulder in a collision.
De Boer won four Eredivisie titles with Ajax during his six-year stay with the Dutch club, while Klopp won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund during his seven-year period with the German side.
However, Klopp has proved popular with Liverpool supporters since his appointment, with many praising his playing style and man management.
The German guided the Merseyside club to League Cup and Europa League finals last season, where the Reds were beaten by Manchester City and Sevilla respectively.
In other Liverpool team news, manager Jurgen Klopp has given an update on a number of senior players, including Sadio Mane.