Jurgen Klopp says he will finally stop moaning about Liverpool’s congested fixture schedule because it’s ‘a waste of time’ and it ‘doesn’t seem to help’.
The Liverpool boss has been left furious with the dates and kick-off times his squad have been handed in recent weeks and has aired his frustration at broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport on more than one occasion.
But asked how he felt about Liverpool being given two very short turnarounds when the December fixtures were confirmed on Thursday, Klopp was resigned to things staying the same.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his complaints over fixture congestion are a ‘waste of time’
The Reds will have to play five times in 14 days in December, with just two games at Anfield
LIVERPOOL’S BUSY START TO DECEMBER
Wolves (H) – Sunday, December 6 7.15pm
FC Midtjylland (A) – Wednesday, December 9 5.55pm
Fulham (A) – Sunday, December 13 – 4.30pm
Tottenham (H) – Wednesday, December 16 – 8pm
Crystal Palace (A) – Saturday, December – 12.30pm
Speaking in his press conference on Friday ahead of a lunchtime trip to Brighton on Saturday, the German said: ‘My thoughts are clear.
‘Whatever I said doesn’t seem to help so I’ll stop talking about it. It changes nothing. It’s a waste of time.’
Asked whether there was anything he could do to change the situation, Klopp added: ‘The last thing I want to do is create a headline.
‘I speak about these things in a general way because it’s a general problem.
‘In this moment we play in 25 hours, it’s not my problem. I don’t have the answer, we aren’t involved in these decisions.’
After seeing his side beaten 2-0 by Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Klopp called the decision to schedule this weekend’s game with Brighton at 12.30pm on Saturday ‘a crime’.
Speaking to BT Sport, who will show the clash at The Amex live, Klopp said: ‘I’m afraid to say but I think it (running out of steam) could happen not only to us but to other teams as well.
‘You (BT Sport) my special friends ask us to go on Saturday at 12.30pm, which is nearly a crime to be honest. It has nothing to do with the game tonight but congratulations for that.
‘My only interest in the moment is that I get a thumbs up, nobody injured, let’s recover immediately. We take it.
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‘The boys are completely disappointed, frustrated, really, but we don’t have time for it to be honest. It’s just get fresh legs as quick as possible and go again, that’s it.’
The latest set of TV fixtures are unlikely to please the Reds’ manager either, with his side facing a similarly short turnaround at the start of December.
Liverpool’s home game with Wolves has been picked for coverage by Sky, meaning they will now play on Sunday, December 6 at 7.15pm.
The Reds then travel to Norway to face FC Midtjylland on Wednesday, December 9 with an early kick-off time of 5.55pm.
Klopp’s side will be back in action with a 4.30pm kick-off at Fulham on Sunday, December 13 and then face a quick turnaround for a top-of-the-table clash with Tottenham at Anfield on Wednesday, December 16 – which will kick-off at 8pm.
After that big game, it will be a trip to Selhurst Park for a 12.30pm kick-off against Crystal Palace on Saturday, December 19.
The German manager described this week’s schedule for the Brighton game as a ‘crime’
Prior to his outburst on BT Sport in midweek, Klopp took aim at Sky following Liverpool’s victory over Leicester on Sunday evening.
In his post-match interview with Geoff Shreeves, Klopp accused the broadcasters of not caring about player welfare and urged them to find a solution to the tight schedule.
Klopp said: ‘It was never about us when I spoke about it. It’s about all the players, England players, players who play next summer in the European Championships.
‘But if you (Sky) don’t start talking to BT then we’re all done. Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing on Wednesday and then Saturday (at) 12:30, I’m not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players – all the top seven.
‘But I know you (the broadcasters) don’t care and that’s the problem.’
Liverpool have suffered a number of injuries this season with Naby Keita the latest player to pick up a knock last weekend.
Klopp demanded BT and Sky Sports talk to find a solution over kick-off times last weekend
Naby Keita is the latest in a long-line of injuries sustained by the Premier League champions
Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have also been sidelined with injuries
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold have also been sidelined.
Klopp is one of the managers advocating the reintroduction of five substitutes, which has been implemented in the lower divisions of English football and the top flights of other European leagues.
However, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho told Klopp there is no solution other than to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
‘Klopp arrived by 2015,’ Mourinho said earlier this week. ‘I arrived in 2004 so what he knows from 2015, I know since 2004. And nothing changes. We have to adapt to it and that’s the way it is.’