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Newcastle pair caught up in Jurgen Klopp row with the FA

6 years ago

New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been making headlines aplenty since his arrival and now he is taking on the FA.

Klopp is furious that young players are being worked like ‘horses’ when on international duty with England.

His response has been provoked by young Liverpool player Jordan Rossiter returning last week with a hamstring injury after playing for the England Under 19s.

Along with Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong, Rossiter featured in three matches in the space of only a five day time span.

England played Macedonia on 8 October, Finland on 10 October and Italy the 13 October.

Freddie Woodman played every minute of all three matches, Adam Armstrong started two and was subbed in the 67th and 68th minute, whilst he was a late sub in the middle game against Finland.

As for Rossiter, he started all three games and after being subbed in the 77th minute of the opening match, he played the full 90 minutes in the other two.

Jurgen Klopp:

“It is too much. Three games in five days? That isn’t normal, it is too much. What can we say? Three games in five days? Football is 90 minutes.

“If you are young maybe you are more resistant to things from outside but it is not normal to have three matches in five days and send him back. I have to talk to somebody.

“I don’t know what minute (he picked up the injury), maybe he played through and then he came back. It was not on the flight, it was not on the train, it was not in the car, it was in the match and because of the match.

“These young players are our future, if we handle them like horses then we get horses.

“We want that they improve and that they get better. We want them to have time and not feel too much pressure. They don’t have to play three games in five days.

“That is all I want to say. It is interesting that I have to say this again. Is it normal in England that you have to play three games in five days?”

Adam Armstrong’s current (loan) manager Tony Mowbray said after the striker returned:

“I would have to say the time Armstrong came back from international duty (in September), we played at Scunthorpe and he’d slept in five beds while he’d been away and his back was in bits, really uncomfortable.”

After that match Mowbray admitted the young Newcastle striker wasn’t at his fittest after being away with England.


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