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EPL 2016/17: Jurgen Klopp slammed by fitness coach Raymond Verheijen for causing too many injuries

Verheijen calls Klopp one of the best trainers in the world but argues that Klopp knows little about the intensity required in training.

News 04 Nov 2016, 12:50 IST
Raymond Verheijen
Verheijen has previously criticised Klopp’s training methods (Image Courtesy: waynefarry)

Former Wales football team assistant manager, Raymond Verheijen has been quite critical of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s training methods for a while now. The Dutchman has criticised many managers in the past about the kind of training routines and tactics they use.

Verheijen has again criticised Klopp’s training on Twitter and warned that Liverpool players will physically suffer if the German keeps pushing his players over the limit on the training ground.

Klopp is a pancake, says Verheijen

“Liverpool manager Klopp caused 20 hamstring injuries in 10 months but keeps blaming external factors for injuries," said Verheijen.

The former Wales assistant even went on to call the German manager a pancake, “As I’d call it, Klopp is a pancake, but it would not make sense because then you make it personal," said Verheijen speaking to Dutch publication Voetbal International.

“I do not make baseless opinions about the person, but come with facts and laws about the trainer. Klopp is one of the best trainers in the world, but guess what, he’s underdeveloped regarding periodisation.”

Verheijen says Klopp has little knowledge of periodisation

“Klopp is generally great, but in that particular aspect, he has little knowledge. Training twice a day is very tempting but the time between workouts is shorter.

“It’s harder for players to overcome fatigue and if fatigue builds up, the signal from the brain to the muscles slows.”

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Verheijen has said that Klopp’s workout regime is too intense for any regular football player and that the small gap between each session can physically strain the players and could cause many muscle problems.

Mission is to train better trainers

“I use Twitter as a means to educate coaches around the world. I use the mistakes of the current generation of trainers to train the next generation.

"Twitter is an extension of the courses I teach all over the world. That makes my story concrete rather than abstract.

"The general public do not see that and think Verheijen’s crazy but that’s not important to me.

“My mission is to train better trainers,” said the Dutch fitness coach.

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Jurgen Klopp was previously not amused with Verheijen’s claims and had called him ‘a Dutch guy’ in one of his press conferences.  

‘We play two games in 48 hours, there will be injuries, and then some Dutch guy (on Twitter) will say things,’ said Klopp.

This was clearly a jibe at the Dutchman for the comments he made on Klopp’s training tactics. Many have praised Klopp’s high pressing style of play this season.

Liverpool are currently in 3rd position on the Premier League table joint on points with Arsenal and Manchester City. 

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