Kop coach Marsh blasts back at

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By GRA­HAM CHASE

LIVER­POOL have come out swing­ing after Eng­land man­ager Roy Hodg­son crit­i­cised their train­ing meth­ods fol­low­ing the “Knack­eredgate” rum­pus.

Ac­cord­ing to Hodg­son, Reds winger Ra­heem Ster­ling asked not to start Sun­day’s Euro Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier against Es­to­nia in Tallinn due to tired­ness.

And the Three Lions chief be­lieves that was due to the Kop club’s pol­icy of giv­ing ev­ery player two full days to re­cover after matches.

But ac­cord­ing to Liver­pool coach Mike Marsh, that ap­proach will be vi­tal to them blast­ing through their up­com­ing heavy sched­ule.

After the in­ter­na­tional break, the Reds head to QPR at the week­end as they face a run of seven matches in 21 days in the run-up to the home clash with Chelsea on Novem­ber 8.

It is a run that also in­cludes two matches against Real Madrid that will prove cru­cial to Liver­pool’s hopes of pro­gress­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Marsh thinks the An­field out­fit have got it spot on when it comes to man­ag­ing play­ers’ fit­ness.

He said: “We know it’s a tough fix­ture list with the amount of games and the qual­ity of the op­po­si­tion, so we know it’s go­ing to be tough. But the more play­ers we have avail­able the bet­ter.

“Our fit­ness pro­grammes

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