Jurgen Klopp Has Voiced Concern Over the Congestion of Fixtures
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has voiced out his concern over the number of games the soccer teams are expected to play in a week. He told the media that the schedule could not continue like it is. He said this following the decision that Liverpool will play two games in two days during December. He further noted that solutions have to be found because the problems are quite clear and visible.
Klopp also pointed out that every year it is the same and nothing changes. From 23rd November right to 2nd January Liverpool is going to play in 37 games across three competitions. These competitions include the Premier League, Champions League as well as the Club World Cup. Then there is also the FA Cup third-round tie which will be determined in week one of 2020.
Jurgen Klopp will not use two different teams to play in the two different continents. A statement was released by the club stating that it’s not an ideal situation; however, they will make do.
Previous Fixture Problems Pointed Out by Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp also pointed out that in 2016 Liverpool had to play West Ham United in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The club lost the game 2-1 on 9th February. It was fortunate that they did not go through to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Had they been through, they would have had to play on the 20th February. This was also when the team was scheduled to play the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, a game that was set on 28th February.
He said that these fixtures should be thought about before they are formulated to avoid such things. Klopp further noted that it could no longer work that fixture congestion is avoided by hoping some teams don’t go through.
Klopp Doesn’t want to Cancel Competitions
Jurgen emphasised that he does not wish to cancel any competitions, but there is a dire need to go back to the drawing board and find solutions. He thinks the solutions that have been suggested have been problems instead of solutions
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