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Klopp calls for end to England’s fixture mayhem


London (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Friday stepped up his calls to protect players from burn-out after claiming England’s festive fixture pile-up was bad for the sport.

Klopp is one of a growing number of Premier League managers frustrated by the demands placed on top-flight teams by England’s domestic competitions and television’s unquenchable thirst to show the games.

Liverpool are down to 12 fit senior outfield players after a host of injuries in recent weeks, while Tottenham star Harry Kane suffered a torn hamstring on New Year’s Day and Newcastle lost four players in one match.

Klopp believes coaches and football people should be included in the discussion with the sport’s governing bodies and television companies to ensure a proper solution can be found.

“I told what I had to say to UEFA personally, I told FIFA sometimes in interviews because I don’t know anyone there and I don’t think the Premier League, FA (Football Association) or Football League are in any doubt of my opinion,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.

“I just do that not because of me but because I think someone has to speak for the players. 

“If you have a good friend and you see him twice a year, brilliant. Best time of your life. If you see him every day you think after five days ‘What the heck?’.

“But what we do is throw football at the people. How many games were on Boxing Day? There were maybe some men, probably, who watched all of them live.

“I don’t think that’s good for their relationship. It’s not good for mine and I already watch a lot of football.”

Klopp wants all parties to get together and come up with a sustainable plan and he has volunteered to attend.

“The solution is to bring all these people together and try to think one time in all these negotiations about the players,” he added.

“Other people are sitting there and they are not football people. We need to talk with football people, I think there is a solution possible.

“We love this game but in the end we have to make sure that we can all come through and in the end the best team wins and not the most lucky with injuries. If you need me in the discussion I am pretty much there.”

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Dennis Anderson

    January 4, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    What ever. Deal with it. It goes with the job. If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

  2. Chris Tyson

    January 4, 2020 at 9:27 am

    The previous comments are basically comparing apples to oranges! Soccer is an extremely physical and demanding sport. Unlike baseball, soccer is a high contact sport which requires a certain amount of rest and rehab between games. Making a million dollars or more doesn’t eliminate the injuries that occur with the over saturation of games that players are playing these days. You go to a game expecting to see the best players on your team playing, but when these players are out with injuries, everyone looses!

  3. Dennis Anderson

    January 3, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    I’m sorry. But what if you had to play 162 games in 180 in a country that is 3000 mile from coast to coast. You get paid million to do that.

    • Dennis Anderson

      January 3, 2020 at 9:05 pm

      Ment to say 180 days.

    • Monte Reed

      January 4, 2020 at 9:00 am

      and my kids that have to pay to play will play 3 or 4 matches in just one weekend.

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