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Klopp, Allardyce continue war of words

Jurgen Klopp and Sam Allardyce are chucking some unfriendly banter back and forth.

Following Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Sunderland on Dec. 30, Klopp was angry with a tackle on Mamadou Sakho by Fabio Borini.

Allardyce called him a “soft German” if he thought that tackle was bad and now the Sunderland manager has been speaking about Liverpool’s training and playing methods.

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With the Reds suffering numerous hamstring injuries -- three to Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure in the League Cup win at Stoke City on Tuesday alone -- Allardyce had the following to say about the high-pressing tactics Klopp has employed at Anfield since taking charge in October.

“That is him [Klopp] asking his players to play a high tempo pressing game from the top end,” Allardyce told talkSPORT radio. “It’s great that the players have been able to carry it out, but I think it has kicked in now. I don’t think Jurgen has realized just how ferocious our league is at this period of time. And because he has asked for that extra high energy – that extra 10 yards – these lads are fatiguing now with so many games in such a short period of time and are picking up these muscle strains.”

This was Klopp’s tongue-in-cheek response on Thursday when told about Allardyce’s comments.

“I’m glad for Sam (Allardyce) that he is such an experienced manager that he has time to think about Liverpool’s problems,” Klopp said. “I knew all about the Premier League and the fixtures and it is not a problem. It is often the situation that one injury at the wrong moment impacts on the whole squad. I knew about the intensity of the football here.

“The problem is we all speak about the intensity of my style. I did not create a style. I’m not a genius. We have to find a way to be successful. I said a few weeks ago we need a bit of luck with injuries and we’ve had not too much. Maybe the first game against Tottenham was more intensive than other games. It is completely average running. It is about thinking quicker and being in the right position. There is no time for training, just recovery.”

Who would win in a fight? I wouldn’t like to call it, but it would be one heck of a scrap between Big Sam and the “soft German” that’s for sure.

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