Phil Thompson's emphatic reaction to criticism of Jurgen Klopp

The former Liverpool defender has been discussing the German.

Phil Thompson has reacted to criticism of Jurgen Klopp emphatically - suggesting no blame should be placed on the German and his staff for Liverpool's currently injury struggles, according to Sky Sports.

The Reds have several first-team players out injured and there have been suggestions Klopp's demanding style of play has led to the problems.

But the former Liverpool defender, who also briefly managed the club, isn't having any of it.

Thompson told Sky Sports: "It's extremely difficult because of the amount of games we play in the Premier League - Arsenal have had similar problems, Man City have had it with Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva, and Manchester United have also had their injury concerns.

"I don't think there is any blame at the manager and his staff - it's the nature of the Premier League and the intensity of how we play the games that will be very new to Jurgen."

The claim Klopp has rushed into implementing a new high-pressing style of play - thereby resulting in extra injuries - makes sense.

But Thompson is right in that the Liverpool boss hasn't done all that much wrong. Why should he demand less of his players - who happen to be highly paid professionals?

If the Reds squad weren't fit enough for the German's high-intensity approach, the faults lie with the previous coaching staff.

Klopp could perhaps go easier on his players and has made a few mistakes thus far. But he's learning and adapting to a new league. When he gets it right, he can guide his team to a 4-1 win at Manchester City and an efficient, winning display in a cup semi-final. That shows the mistakes are worth putting up with.

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