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Published: 12:10 | 16/1/16

Can backs Klopp over injuries

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can insists manager Jurgen Klopp is not to blame for the club's recent injury problems.

Liverpool will be without defenders Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Jordan Rossiter, midfielders Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Ibe and striker Daniel Sturridge for Sunday's Premier League match against Manchester United, with all six players recovering from hamstring injuries.

Former Reds' midfielder Danny Murphy is just one of a number of pundits placing the blame on Klopp, alleging the German's high-intensity "Gegenpressing" is putting strain on players' hamstrings.

"The amount of hamstring injuries Liverpool's players have suffered under Klopp is a concern, because there are too many to push under the carpet," Murphy told the BBC.

"They will be linked with what the players are doing in training, usually to do with extra sprint work, but I suspect that part of the problem is down to players trying to impress the new manager – and there is a bit of bad luck involved too."

However, Can insists that the Liverpool players are getting enough rest between games to counter any increase in their workload on the pitch.

"Each coach has his own way of doing things," Can told The Times.

"Things change from coach to coach. I’ve read in the papers that a lot of injuries have been caused by us ‘training too hard’.

"That’s nonsense. We’re not training between games in this busy period. A lot of the time we are regenerating, recovering between games."

Can is delighted that Klopp has restored him to his preferred central midfield role, after being asked to play in defence by the German's predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

“I feel at home in midfield,” Can continued.

“That’s my main position. One of my strengths is being able to get the ball, drive forward and take hold of the game. That’s what I enjoy doing.”

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