Klopp takes responsibility for injuries, but explains “we don’t train, we only recover”

Jurgen Klopp says he accepts responsibility for Liverpool’s incredible injury list, after Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren picked up hamstring injuries against Stoke on Tuesday night.

“Maybe I could look at our training methods. We don’t train – we only recover, that’s the situation now, there is no training,” he said after the 1-0 win.

Friday’s game against Exeter City will be Liverpool’s fourth in 10 days, all away from home, with 11 players currently sidelined.

Liverpool have suffered 12 hamstring injuries in the three months since Klopp charge of the club.

“I am responsible for these things and if you want to make me responsible for our hamstring strains, then it’s OK.

“We have five hamstring injuries, it’s no problem, it’s my responsibility.

“We have to see what we can do, after this game.”

Later, Klopp added: “It is very frustrating. It is a cycle that needs to come out. But it’s a big shadow over the game for us, the injuries. I don’t know how serious they are and we have to wait for this.”

Coutinho is expected to miss at least the games against Exeter, Arsenal and Man United.

Liverpool are seeking to terminate Tiago Ilori’s loan early to help with the injury crisis.

Klopp could also look to sign Schalke centre-back Joel Matip this month, rather than on a free transfer in the summer.