Klopp needs winter break for tactics to work – Wright

Date published: Tuesday 31st January 2017 10:30

Jurgen Klopp’s high-energy tactics mean that the Liverpool squad need time to “re-energise” during the season, according to Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

The Reds have suffered a nightmare January, crashing out of the FA Cup and League Cup, while picking up only two points from a possible nine in the Premier League.

Klopp’s side now sit fourth in the league, ten points behind leaders Chelsea – who they play on Tuesday evening – and Wright believes Liverpool’s approach means a winter break would be a huge benefit to them.

“We’d seen it before, when he used the same tactic so successfully at Borussia Dortmund,” Wright wrote in The Sun.

“There is just one problem. One staring-you-in-the-face reason why that all-action, non-stop style was always going to struggle here – lack of a winter break.

“Klopp’s approach means his teams train as hard as they play – they have to.

“So it makes a massive difference to have a month off mid-season to recharge the batteries, like they do in the Bundesliga. In England there’s no such luxury. No time to re-energise and let knocks and niggles recover.

“And we have seen over the past week, with those two Cup defeats, that Klopp doesn’t have the squad to give players a rest.”

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