Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he “hates” the subject of World Cup injuries as he refuses to answer a question from a reporter on Friday.
There are many cases of players set to miss out on a World Cup appearance after picking up injuries over the last few weeks.
Some of the injuries have been put down to the large amount of football being played to squeeze in the winter tournament, while anyone that picks up even a minor injury is now risking their participation in Qatar.
Timo Werner, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Ben Chilwell are just some of the star names ruled out of the competition with Liverpool forward Diogo Jota another player to miss out on representing his country.
But Klopp was annoyed at the questioning about World Cup injuries from one reporter on Friday with the Liverpool boss often criticised for giving his opinion about the tough football schedule.
The journalist started: “Obviously it’s two weeks until the start of the World Cup and there’s a growing number of players now either out of the World Cup or a doubt…”
Before Klopp – who has snapped at reporters a few times in recent weeks – insisted he did not want to answer his question, the Liverpool boss said: “I don’t like [this question], I hate this subject.”
The reporter attempted to rephrase the question by asking if there was anything Klopp could do help his players through to the World Cup, to which the German replied “no” to three times.
Klopp was eventually persuaded to answer, he expanded: “These problems were so clear. They were so clear and nobody mentioned it for one time until three or four weeks before the World Cup.
“Now all of a sudden a player gets injured and you say, ‘Oh, they cannot play the World Cup’.
“So this specific problem, that players who were late injured in a season cannot play the World Cup, is not new. So after a long season it happens everywhere in the world.
“But now, starting the World Cup a week after the last game, “Oh, that’s a bigger risk”. Crazy. Nobody cares about us, how we deal with it.
“And you, you ask me now the question and if I give you all the answers and these kind of things. What do you think I should do? Ask the players before Southampton – or before Derby [in the Carabao Cup] – “Wanna play?”
“What’s the situation? Asking a question is one, but we are all guilty – and you more than I am guilty – for letting it happen. Letting it happen in the first place.
“And now it’s happened, and now we have the situation and that’s it and we have to go along with it. And for the players who get injured and cannot play it is a disaster, but how can we change that now?”
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