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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool training methods criticised following Philippe Coutinho hamstring injury

Published 26/08/2016

Jurgen Klopp returns to the scene of his first match for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp returns to the scene of his first match for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s training methods have been criticised once again by Raymond Verheijen after it emerged that Philippe Coutinho is suffering from a new hamstring problem.

The Brazilian playmaker’s injury, which is only believed to be minor, could put him out of contention for Liverpool's trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Coutinho’s problem was described as “not a big issue” by Klopp in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

However, Verheijen believes the injury is further evidence that Liverpool’s players carry ‘accumulated fatigue’ from Klopp’s intensive training sessions.

The former Wales assistant manager believes this fatigue makes Klopp’s squad prone to injury.

“Liverpool players carry pre-season fatigue into season,” he tweeted. “Accumulated fatigue makes players vulnerable in top games. It's like Russian roulette.”

After describing Coutinho’s problem as ‘very predictable’, Verheijen went on to warn Klopp against playing the 24-year-old at White Hart Lane.

“One thing is for sure: If Klopp does risk Coutinho tomorrow against Spurs there is a very big chance that he could be out for 6-8 weeks.”

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Verheijen also pointed out, via retweeting another user, Liverpool have suffered 20 hamstring injuries since Klopp’s appointment last October.

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Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the fifth goal with Saido Mane during the EFL Cup, Second Round match at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton. PA
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According to the injury aggregator PhysioRoom.com, the 20 hamstring injuries have been accrued over a period of just ten months.

By contrast, the club’s previous 20 hamstring injuries were spread over a four-year period.

Verheijen made the same claim about Coutinho’s ‘accumulation of fatigue’ during Liverpool’s opening game against Arsenal.

Coutinho came off the pitch with an apparent injury during the second half, one which Verheijen again attributed to Klopp’s methods.

The club later claimed that Coutinho had merely suffered from cramp.

In December last year, Verheijen correctly predicted that Liverpool would suffer an injury crisis at the turn of the new year.

Liverpool were without 11 players in total at the peak of their crisis in early January, with six of thothose players suffering from a hamstring problem.

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