Big Sam Allardyce has once again verbally attacked Jurgen Klopp – this time over the German’s match tactics.
According to the Sunderland boss, Klopp doesn’t realise “just how ferocious our league is at this period of time” (via Guardian).
“[Klopp] has asked for that extra high energy, that extra 10 yards”, he continued. “These lads are fatiguing now with so many games in such 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 to injuries by the amount of work they do in a game”.
Klopp will presumably be delighted that Allardyce, whose side lie 19th in the table, has taken time out of his busy schedule to offer his thoughts. As a Champions League runner-up and a two-time Bundesliga winner, he undoubtedly needs the expert input from a man whose greatest managerial achievement in 25 years is a solitary Championship play-off win with West Ham in 2012.
We’re not sure why Allardyce has suddenly become so obsessed with our new leader. It is the second time in just over a week that the 61-year-old has attacked Klopp – he called him “a soft German” after we beat his side 1-0 at the Stadium of Light at the end of December (via Echo).
Klopp, to his credit, shrugged off the comments, saying Allardyce’s words were “absolutely not a problem”, and “a lot of people have said worse things about me”.
Perhaps Allardyce is operating under the instruction of his idol Alex Ferguson, with old Whisky nose possibly getting worried about Klopp “knocking them off their perch”…?!
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