Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has shown his Christmas solidarity to title rivals Manchester City by branding it a “crime” that the champions have been forced into an unfavourable festive fixture schedule.
Even though Liverpool could reap the benefits of the calendar, as they look to consolidate a 10-point Premier League lead, Klopp proved a vocal ally in Pep Guardiola’s complaints about City playing on Friday and Sunday.
Liverpool gets an extra day’s rest after their match at closest rivals Leicester City on Boxing Day. Having made a similar protest in previous years, Klopp is consistent in his views.
“It is absolutely not OK,” Klopp said. “None of the managers has a problem playing on Boxing Day, but playing on the 26th and 28th is a crime. This year we play 26th and 29th and it is like a holiday. I understand all those saying it should not happen. They are not moaning. They are telling.
“It is not for the spectacle. It would not be a problem to play 26th and 29th with more teams. There is no reason why more teams do not get more than 48 hours between a Premier League game.
“Obviously, we can say what we want but no one is listening. Every year is the same for the coaches with the 26th and 28th. Sports science gives you nothing to deal with this.
The body needs a specific amount of time to go again. But we ignore that completely. We just say, ‘Oh, they look strange running around again today.’ We are not in that situation this year, but I understand each manager who mentions it from time to time – or pretty much always – when we see it coming up because it is just not OK, but other people have to decide that.”
He expressed his displeasure at the manner at which the fixture affects his Closest rival City in the Press conference ahead of Leicester clash.
By: Yaw Ampofo Jnr