Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit out at the Premier leagues scheduling of fixtures.
Klopp’s side have struggled with missing players this season through injuries and positive cases of Covid-19, the former he believes, isn’t helped by the condensed fixture schedule that Liverpool, and many others, face.
Last night, Liverpool returned from an international break, that has seen them lose many key players such as England duo Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez to injury, adding to their current list of injury woes.
The Reds ran out 3-0 winners at home against high-flying Leicester City and face a quick turn around before facing Italian side, Atalanta, at home in the Champions league this Wednesday.
What has further angered Klopp is that Liverpool then face enough another quick turn around, facing Brighton and Hove Albion at 12:30pm on Saturday.
An impassioned Klopp commented: “It was never about us when I talked about it, it was about all the players. If you don’t start talking to BT [Sport] we are all done.”
In the interview with Sky, which wasn’t broadcast live, Klopp continued: “Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing on Wednesday and Saturday [at] 12:30, I’m not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players.
“I know you [the broadcasters] don’t care and that’s the problem. We’ve discussed it for a long time and nothings happened.”
The German stressed that this issue wasn’t specific to Liverpool. In recent times managers such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United has also come out and expressed concerns for the health of his players due to the congested schedule.
Klopp went on to say: “I don’t talk about Liverpool, I talk about all the football players out there. Yesterday, [Gerard] Pique, massive knee injury. Today, [Bukayo] Saka, maybe I’m not sure, a knee injury – he played all three games for England during the international break.
“Now People tell us to rotate players but who? We have some offensive players but the rest are kids.
“It’s a massive problem. Wednesday and Saturday 12:30 is a broadcaster problem and nothing else.”
When the interviewer, Geoff Shreeves, mentioned the contracts in place between the Premier league, it’s clubs and the broadcasters Klopp implored the need for change, due to the unprecedented circumstances faced into today’s world.
The 53 year old, a former player himself, said: “Gentlemen, start talking and making decisions. I like the relationship with you.
“If someone tells me again about contracts I’ll really go nuts. Because these contracts aren’t made for a Covid season.
“We all have to adapt. Everything’s changed, but the contracts with the broadcasters is still: ‘We have this, so we keep this’. What? Everything changed, the whole world changed!”
Watch a clip of the rant below.