LIVERPOOL keeper Alisson has called on the world’s leading players to take a stand against fixture chaos.
Jurgen Klopp’s busy side face an avalanche of games this winter as they chase a string of trophies.
The Reds will be forced to field separate squads for the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa on December 17 and Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar 24 hours later.
Alisson reckons the game’s stars should unite against such schedules, like their counterparts in American sports.
The Brazilian said: “It’s always left in the background. I don’t think the players are as well organised as, for example, the NBA where the players unite.
“Only a single, aggressive federation can succeed in making changes. I think we have to be more united. Us players have to unite. It’s ridiculous for something like this to happen.
‘WHY DOES NOTHING GET DONE?’
“They are two different competitions in different cities.
“In football, there are sufficient resources to have better organisation, in the general sense.
“Everyone talks about the calendar all the time, so why does nothing get done?
“It’s not good for anyone. It’s not good for the show, for the players, the clubs, for the federations.
“People are looking more at money, at profits. Playing two games like that so close together won’t help our results.”
FifPro, the international players union, could face more complaints with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
That is expected to cause huge chaos in leagues around the world as they prepare for the tournament in November and December.
Liverpool’s games are coming thick and fast and this weekend it is one of the biggest of the season.
Champions Manchester City visit the leaders and Reds players cannot wait.
Fit-again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his fourth goal in as many games in Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League victory over Genk.
The Ox, who was out for a year with a serious knee injury, is also pushing for a Three Lions recall today for next week’s games against Montenegro and Kosovo.
The 26-year-old said: “It is good to be back and involved to help keep this team moving forward.
“My best form is coming, I feel like I am getting better.
“Against Genk, I took one on the ankle and went down and I was a bit disappointed.
“When I feel sharp, I manage to get past players.
“These are the type of moments which prove I am not quite there yet. I need to be sharper, to burst through and change things.
“I have been trying to dribble more and get that side of my game back but that is the sort of stuff that can take a while when you have been out for so long.”
Another player relishing the visit of City is Divock Origi.
The Belgian striker said: “This weekend is going to be a big game. We are all looking forward to it.”