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18th Aug 2016

New Inter boss Frank de Boer insists he won’t repeat Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool mistakes

The Dutchman says Klopp got it wrong when he took over at Anfield

Rob Burnett

Frank de Boer has taken a swipe at Jurgen Klopp over the injury crisis Liverpool suffered after the German took over as boss last season.

Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers in the Anfield hot-seat last October and immediately introduced his famous high-tempo “gegenpressing” style, which he had used to great effect at former club Borussia Dortmund.

But soon after he took the reins the club was hit with a succession of injuries to key first team stars, leaving Klopp with no option but to fall back on young players from the academy.

And now new Internazionale boss De Boer says the injury run was all down to Klopp trying to change things too fast – and says he won’t make the same mistake.

“We’ll see my Inter after four months, that’s the norm,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“In January, you will have more of an idea about what we are trying to do as I have only arrived.

“We also must be very careful at the moment not to be too intense in training as it can lead to many injuries.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Jurgen Klopp at Anfield is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

“I remember (Jurgen) Klopp taking over at Liverpool last October and [he] tried to immediately impose his high-pressing style which he used at Borussia Dortmund and it resulted in several injuries, nine in fact. Sometimes it is better to slow down.”

De Boer has just joined Inter after a six-year spell with Ajax where he won the Eredivisie four times.

Klopp’s Liverpool got their season underway with a thrilling 4-3 victory away at Arsenal on Sunday. They next take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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