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Fitness guru Verheijen: Klopp is great but this is why his Liverpool methods are flawed

By Emma Sanders

Controversial Dutchman Raymond Verheijen has claimed Jurgen Klopp is a “fantastic” coach but is clueless when it comes to preventing injuries.

The fitness guru claims Klopp’s methods are successful on the pitch but they lead to a number of problems off it, including a high amount of injuries.

In a spate of messages on his personal Twitter account on Thursday, Verheijen went on to claim Liverpool would struggle in the closing months of the season.

He insisted Klopp’s “intense playing style and training” would lead to further injuries and make it difficult for the team to maintain high levels.

Verheijen believes it is for these reasons that Klopp loses so many cup finals at the end of the season and the Dutchman hopes to highlight these weaknesses to the next generation of coaches.

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Liverpool lost the Europa League final and the Capital One Cup final at the end of last season despite enjoying a bright surge under Klopp in April and May.

Already this season, a number of players have suffered muscle injuries including Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Ragnar Klavan and Emre Can.

Rounding up his tweets, Verheijen stated it was a “shame” that coaches like Klopp failed to “look for improvements” and that fans only looked at the short-term results.

He’s well-known for being an advocate of the “less is more” training philosophy and has seen his work be a success for the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and Wales national teams, as well as at the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City.

However, he’s always been seen as a controversial figure, given his outspoken views on some of football’s most popular coaches and his recent observations on Klopp won’t please many Liverpool fans.

Verheijen also recently claimed Maurico Pochettino’s methods were to blame for Tottenham’s implosion in the final weeks of last season.

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