Jurgen Klopp says only a 'crazy' man would be happy with Liverpool's fixture list

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted that only a ‘crazy’ man would be happy with Liverpool’s upcoming fixture list.

The German manager has already been in charge of 26 Liverpool matches despite being at the club for less than four months.

That number will increase dramatically during the next few months as the Anfield club battle on three fronts as well as in the Premier League.


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The Reds will face an FA Cup replay at Upton Park after their 0-0 draw on Saturday with Klopp’s men potentially facing eight matches in February - something that the German isn’t entirely happy with.

“I think you would say I’m crazy if I sit there, punch the air and say ‘Yeah! Another game! Let us play five!,” he said.

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The five-time Champions League winners also needed two ties to get past their FA Cup third round opponents, Exeter, and the former Borussia Dortmund boss admitted that - although he wasn’t demanding the rules to be changed - he believes cup replays are too old fashioned.

“These are your rules and I think most of them are older than we are,” he said.

“There is a debate, but I come from Germany, and I am coming from the outside, so I cannot lead the community and say ‘C’mon, let’s make a 16-team league’ or something like this.”


German rules

Klopp was also questioned whether they have cup replays in his native Germany and he replied simply: “Of course not. Of. Course. Not.”

“I love football. Usually, I cannot get enough of it, but sometimes it’s a bit different.”

Liverpool have suffered a large amount of injuries this season which could coincide with the congested fixture list.

Wholesale changes

On Saturday he made ten changes for their clash against West Ham, but explained that he wouldn’t be willing to take such risks in the league.


“In the cup you can do it like this, but you can’t in the Premier League. This (the league) is the main tournament - and you have to take everything you can get,” he said.

“When I heard after the last Leicester game Ranieri say, ‘Now we have three days off’, I thought ‘Oh my God I hope my players didn’t hear this because in three days off we would miss two games!’

“It’s not possible in our situation, and it’s not easy.”

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