‘Someone needs to help’- Outgoing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp condemns fixture scheduling

Jurgen Klopp (Imago/PA Images)

‘Someone needs to help’- Outgoing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp condemns fixture scheduling

Seye Omidiora 03:11 - 04.05.2024

The soon-to-depart Reds manager did not hold back in his latest press conference, criticising the arduous schedule and blaming it for English clubs’ European underperformance.

Outgoing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has once again slammed the gruelling calendar that puts Premier League clubs at a disadvantage in Europe. 

What Klopp said

The German tactician has never held back from speaking out about the fixture scheduling throughout his time in English football, with his latest remarks coming before the Reds host Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield this weekend. 

Klopp specifically singled out TNT Sports for his strongly-worded criticism, as the Broadcaster hold the rights to the Saturday lunchtime games. The Merseyside club have played six times in that early slot this season, three more times than Manchester City and five more occasions than Arsenal.

The Liverpool manager believes the unreasonable match scheduling puts English clubs at a disadvantage in European competition, citing this season producing no Champions League or Europa League semi-finalist to make his point. 

Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the current season
Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the current season (Imago)

“Do you make of it that we all under-performed? Maybe us against Atalanta. But I watch a lot of football and the Premier League is the best league in the world,” said Klopp. “It is not over-rated; the players are over-worked. Someone needs to help.

“Seeing Aston Villa lose 4-2 last night (to Olympiacos in the first leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final) means if they go out no English team will be in any kind of European final. 

Manchester City and Arsenal, out in the quarter-finals (of the Champions League), us out in the quarter-finals (of the Europa League), is just not a real reflection of quality. It’s just a reflection of how we could not deliver on the day we had to. Yes, other countries have really good teams, no doubt about that, but it’s a sign. 

“Years ago I think we had four English teams in quarter-finals. And then we take that and say, ‘Yeah, it’s the quality of the Premier League, let’s make more of it!’ We have to change that approach. You always think when I speak about it, it’s because of our last situation. No, it’s a general problem.”

According to The Athletic, Klopp gave his players three days off after last weekend's 2-2 draw at West Ham United with that game at the London Stadium the Reds' fourth match in 10 days.

“That they dared to give us Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday 12.30 is a crime,” he continued. “I was actually waiting for Amnesty International to go to them! 

“I would like to be there. This morning I got sent the stats of the quickest turnaround in the whole world. It’s Liverpool FC, yeah (laughs).  

“I tell you, ‘We have to do more, we have to fight more and go for it.’ But in the whole world, we have the quickest turnaround between games. That is absolutely insane. But they are still happy and they like subscribers. You can take me off that list!” 

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What comes next for Klopp and Liverpool?

Arne Slot is expected to take charge of the Reds after Klopp departs this summer, with the Feyenoord boss looking to build on the German’s success at Liverpool through his nine-year spell. 

The Merseyside club host Spurs in their penultimate game at Anfield in the Klopp regime, keen to hold on to fading Premier League prospects after a run of one win in five saw the 2020 English champions fall five points behind Arsenal and four adrift of Manchester City.

Liverpool's outgoing manager's final league game at Anfield will be against Wolverhampton Wanderers in gameweek 38.