There are some aspects of football in England that Jurgen Klopp isn't too familiar with.
After he had guided Liverpool to a 1-0 victory in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup, he said, per The Guardian: “When I came here, I didn’t know there were two rounds in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup. I had people in Germany last week saying: ‘Yeah, you’re in the final again!’ Idiots!”
And then, when Liverpool drew against West Ham in the FA Cup, he commented: “In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup that if you draw you play again they say: ‘What?’ Here you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game.”
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And we can add another thing to the list of things that have caught Klopp by surprise - 12 o’clock kick-offs.
Following Liverpool’s Europa League defeat against Villarreal on Thursday night, they face a four-hour journey to Swansea for a midday match on Sunday.
Klopp isn't happy
And it’s fair to say Klopp isn’t too impressed with the whole idea.
“12 o’clock kick off? I can’t believe that,” he said, per Liverpool Echo.
“A few years ago we played in Athens with Dortmund in the Champions League. They cancelled their game in the league because they wanted to beat Dortmund!”
Klopp continued: “I don’t want to make headlines. Nobody in this room can think we should start at 12?!
“On Sunday, all English people will have lunch while we play football. This is my first time with a 12 o’clock kick-off. Who made this decision?
"If there is an opportunity for me to fight for something like this, then you can be sure I'll do it. But now it's too late. 12pm - good time.
“I could not imagine that something like this would happen. But it’s not an excuse – it’s just funny for a few people. But it’s not really funny.
“At 12 o’clock I am usually hungry. If my players are also hungry at that time on Sunday that will help us,” he added.
While Klopp will be in the dugout at the Liberty Stadium, many of his star players are likely to be rested for the match. The Reds’ focus will be on their second-leg is at Anfield next Thursday and Klopp will hope to win the competition to guarantee passage into next season’s Champions League.
The German has previously made wholesale changes for Premier League clashes against Stoke and Bournemouth and hinted that he will do the same again this weekend.
"If you think now about next Thursday you have no chance on Sunday. That's how it is and we'll always respect the Premier League,” he said.
"We need to have a look at the players from yesterday. We came home at half three so I'm pretty sure nobody slept.
"It's pretty intensive. I'll see them in one or two hours and make decisions about our line up."
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