Spiky Jurgen Klopp hits out at TV Premier League bosses AGAIN for Saturday lunchtime kick-off at Newcastle just days after a potential Champions League semi-final… as he moans that jam-packed schedules don’t happen in other leagues!
- Jurgen Klopp has never shied away from talking about protecting player welfare
- He has called out top-flight bosses and television broadcasters over scheduling
- The Liverpool boss said the only focus is the next game, given the hectic period
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once again criticised Premier League bosses and television broadcasters for handing Liverpool a Saturday lunchtime kick-off at Newcastle days after a possible Champions League semi-final.
The Reds boss has been vocal on the importance of protecting players amid hectic fixture schedules during his time in England and raised the issue ahead of his side’s clash in Europe this week.
The Merseyside giants are still competing on three fronts after winning the Carabao Cup in February but said the focus is only on the next game, given the jam-packed programme.
Jurgen Klopp has once again criticised Premier League bosses and television broadcasters
‘The fixture list we have now… we have to get through. I am only concerned about Benfica now. Then City Saturday. United, Everton and maybe a semi,’ Klopp said ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie against Benfica on Wednesday.
‘BT and Premier League gave us Newcastle 12.30… people want to see us on TV as we’re hot, I couldn’t care less.
‘It’s unbelievable. We played City, so tough, how could I think about other competitions? We play Benfica, I cannot think of anything else. We just try to make it to the last, final decisive step.
‘If we play a Champions League semi-final, if you find another league in the world and another broadcaster who would put the one team in the semi-final on a 12.30pm kick-off… what are you doing? Why would you do that?’
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