The Premier League released re-scheduled their latest batch of fixtures for the festive period and it seems that have upset one man in particular.
Foreign managers often struggle to get their head around the Premier League’s tradition to play plenty of matches over the Christmas and New Year time and it appears that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp really isn’t happy with the cards he has been dealt.
That’s because the Reds will face Manchester City at home on New Year’s Eve before travelling to Sunderland 48 hours later on Monday 2nd, January.
While Klopp experiencing the hectic Christmas period last season at Liverpool, he clearly believes the Premier League have taken it a step too far this time around.
“I’m not too happy in this moment,” he admitted.
“We have less than 48 hours between playing Man City and Sunderland. I don’t know if we can do anything.
“I got the information because it is how it is. I thought: Who had this idea?
“Our job is to do everything we can to work games. I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea because I love it.
“Now having a match day with two days between (City and Sunderland), I don’t know why we play on Monday. Is it special, a day off in school?
“We sit here, you ask me: injuries.
“Then, this Dutch guy, the funny athletic coach says it’s not too good.”
‘This Dutch guy’ Klopp refers to fitness guru Raymond Verheijen who is often seen on Twitter criticising Klopp’s philosophy whenever any of his players get injured.
While Klopp has every right to be concerned about playing two matches in the space of three days, his side have the ‘luxury’ of not playing European football this season, meaning many less matches for his squad throughout the campaign.
This will allow them to concentrate on trying to achieve a top four finish - or even better - as they seek to return to Champions League football.
Whether the Premier League will listen to Klopp’s complaints remains to be seen but he’s certainly not impressed.
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