Former footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa has highlighted the ‘unsustainable’ playstyle adopted by Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Speaking with the Daily Star, the Reds fan has claimed the intensity employed by the manager in his first five years at the club was always going to have an effect on the squad later down the line.
“The physical outlay and mental outlay [of losing in both competitions] would have been massive. People don’t realise that,” Akinfenwa said.
“Klopp’s football is almost unsustainable in that the intensity [with which] Liverpool played for five years was on another level. “It was always going to catch up to them at some point. I know from my career, playing at your maximum will eventually come back to bite you.”
Akinfenwa says Klopp’s intensity was unsustainable
Akinfenwa is completely right with his comments here. Playing the same players week-in week-out was always going to cause issues, and it has finally come crashing down this season.
Therefore, whilst this was an unsustainable practice, it could have been successful in the long-term if FSG added depth to the squad each season.
Although Manchester City have dominated for years now, they continue to bring additions in during each transfer window. They may not all go straight into the starting XI, but they do play a big part in the side’s rotation.
Whilst Liverpool haven’t hit the heights of the Sky Blues, they didn’t even try to add players to their squad when they were at the top of their game.
Instead, they react far too late to difficult situations. Instead of making smooth transitions with the team, the XI now look extremely disjointed and below the level required – all due to FSG’s negligence.
This could have been avoided if the club bought smartly, but they didn’t.