Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put himself on a collision course with Gareth Southgate after criticising the England boss’ handling of Jordan Henderson.
The German was unhappy his captain played the full 90 minutes in both their recent qualifying matches, particularly the game against Lithuania on an artificial pitch with their World Cup place already secured.
Over the past year Henderson has had to cope with a troublesome heel problem which saw him miss the final three months of last season.
“England played a friendly game on an artificial surface – it was a qualification game but they had already qualified – and I was not happy that Hendo was on the pitch to be honest with all the problems he’s had in the past,” said Klopp.
“It made no sense. We cannot be involved in this. They all make their own decisions.
“No manager of a national team asked me so far before a game ‘How would you line up?’.
“We watch it, we wait until they come back and we take what we get.”
Source: By PA Sport Staff