Jurgen Klopp hits back at Pep Guardiola after complaints over Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures


Jurgen Klopp does not believe Liverpool have a fixture advantage over Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has rejected Pep Guardiola’s claims that Liverpool have an advantage over Manchester City in regards to their Premier League fixtures in December.

The Premier League announced the dates and timings of the fixtures coming up in December and as has become customary there are plenty of games scheduled for the festive period.

Due to TV commitments, City will play Wolves at Molineux on December 27 at 7.45pm before hosting Sheffield United less than 48 hours later at 6pm on December 29.

In contrast, Liverpool will play against Leicester City at the King Power on Boxing Day at 8pm prior to their home game against Wolves at Anfield at 4.30pm on December 29 – a turnaround that gives them additional recovery time.

Pep Guardiola is not happy at City’s fixtures in December (Picture: Getty)

Speaking ahead of City’s game against Crystal Palace, Guardiola joked: ‘Maybe the broadcasters are fans for some clubs. It is what it is. Since I came here, every season it’s the same, the broadcasters are the bosses, it’s not about us.’

Although Klopp admitted he has sympathy for Guardiola’s concerns about City’s upcoming schedule, he rejected the idea that Liverpool will have an easier time of it, pointing out that they will have to travel to Qatar for the Club World Cup.

‘We have a game more in December than City. How can we have an advantage?’ said Klopp. ‘If you ask me about December, where can we fit in an extra game? It’s not possible, but we did it somehow because we have to, because we go to Qatar and play in the Fifa Club World Cup.

‘I am completely on City’s side that these games, over 46 hours, should not happen. It’s like when we played Sunderland [in 2016]. It’s just not okay. Three years later we are still speaking about it and nothing has changed. We still have it.

‘There are excuses, they [the TV companies] pay a lot of money, that is true. But we still have to work on these things. Forty-eight hours between games is still pretty much unacceptable, but less than 46 hours… I really get that [City being unhappy]. I understand 100 per cent.’

He added: ‘People will look and go ‘will they do it? They have injuries? Well, they have a big squad’, the answers are already out there. That’s really not fair. But what can we do?

‘But do we have an advantage [over City]? I don’t see that.’

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is in a similar position to Guardiola in that his team will face City before then taking on Liverpool less than 48 hours later and he described the scheduling as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘dangerous’.

‘It’s tough, it’s dangerous,’ Nuno said. ‘Forty-five hours – it’s impossible to play another game. It’s absurd, ridiculous. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing against, it’s about us.

‘The players have to compete and we will. But people who decide this don’t have the consciousness of the physical impact for the players during a game.’





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