Jurgen Klopp laments Jordan Rossiter injury: “It’s not okay”

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Addressing the injury suffered by Jordan Rossiter on international duty, Jurgen Klopp criticised the FA’s approach to youth development.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - Thursday, September 17, 2015: Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter applauds the travelling supporters after the 1-1 draw with FC Girondins de Bordeaux the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rossiter sustained a hamstring injury on duty with the England U19s, after playing three games in five days for Aidy Boothroyd’s side.

The 18-year-old now looks set to remain on the sidelines for the next month, as Klopp revealed during his pre-Rubin Kazan press conference at Melwood on Wednesday afternoon.

Asked for a fitness update on his squad heading into Thursday night’s Anfield clash, Klopp lamented Rossiter’s absence.

“I’ve never heard a player of [18] years to play three games in five days. I don’t think he’s ready to play,” he told the assembled media at Melwood.

“It’s the reason why he’s now injured. He’s a young player, big talent.”

Klopp heads into Liverpool’s third Europa League fixture this season with a depleted squad, with Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren all unlikely to start for the Reds.

Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan are all long-term absentees, and while Gomez tore his ACL on duty with the England U21s, Klopp took exception to the FA’s treatment of Rossiter.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 1, 2015: Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter in action against FC Sion during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It’s too much, three games in five days. Football is 90 minutes,” he continued.

“If you are young maybe you’re more resistant, but that’s not normal.

“I will have to talk to someone [at the FA].

“We are in contact, I didn’t want to call somebody at the FA on my first day but it’s not okay. There’s no doubt about it.

“It was a hamstring. It was not on the flight, on the train or in the car, it was in the match.

“These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses than they will be horses.

“Is it normal in England to play three games in five days?”

Klopp is settling into life in the Premier League, and will now be forced contend with the regular pitfalls of the FA’s misguided approach to international football.

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