Sam Allardyce reignites feud with Liverpool FC boss
Sunderland manager claims Liverpool’s high-tempo approach has led to players getting injured
January 7th, 2016
Sam Allardyce seems to enjoy rubbing opposition managers up the wrong way. He famously enjoyed a spat with Rafael Benitez while the latter was in charge of Liverpool and has now targeted Jurgen Klopp.
Allardyce recently called Klopp a “soft German” after the Liverpool boss bemoaned the physicality of Sunderland’s challenges when the sides recently played, with Big Sam now claiming that Klopp’s tactics have led to players getting injured.
“That is him [Klopp] asking his players to play a high-tempo pressing game from the top end. It’s great that the players have been able to carry it out but I think it has kicked in now,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.
Klopp was asked about these comments during Thursday’s press conference ahead of Friday night’s FA Cup clash at Exeter.
He retorted by saying: “I’m glad for Sam, that such an experienced manager has time to think about Liverpool’s problems.”
Such a tongue in cheek response means that the manager-baiting is set to continue, with Allardyce riling Remi Garde last weekend by not shaking hands with the Frenchman before Sunderland’s 3-1 victory against Aston Villa.
Sunderland travel to Arsenal on Saturday, with Allardyce critical of the fixture scheduling which has led to a programme of Premier League matches next week, just days after the FA Cup weekend.