(Reuters) – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Sunday criticized British broadcasters Sky and BT and said more players were being injured due to match scheduling.
Asked by Sky Sports why he had to wait until the 89th minute of his side’s 0-0 win to make two of his three substitutes over Leicester City, Klopp started a wide field about the frequency of games.
Klopp said, “Why do we change late because we constantly have to think that someone will come down from injury. We can’t change sooner, because we change sooner and another gets injured, and you end the game with nine players. . ” .
“It’s all about the players, it’s all about the England players, it’s all about the players who will play in the European Championships next summer – if you’re not starting to talk to (Sky) BT we’re done.”
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic last season was completed late and the current campaign was short-lived.
The 53-year-old German believes that the schedule of Champions League matches, which are broadcast by BT, and the Premier League, which is broadcast by Sky and BT, is putting stress on players and causing injuries.
“If we keep playing on Wednesday and Saturday at 1230, I’m not sure if you’ll end the season with 11 players. All the top six are the same, but I know you (broadcasters) don’t care, and that’s the problem, “Klp said to Sky.
Reuters has contacted Sky and BT to comment.
Some of the players already injured are missing, including Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez behind impressive center-backs and midfielders Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara, while Klipp suffered another blow when he had to replace Naby Keita in the 53rd minute against Leicester.
“People tell us we can turn around – who? We have offensive players, the rest are kids. That’s the way it is. Everything is fine, we fight with what we have, but if you (broadcasters) don’t start talking So you see. What happens, “he said.
“We can’t change 10, 11 positions, it’s not possible. We just can’t show, we have to win football games.”
Klopp said the epidemic had forced football to make a number of changes over the past few months and rejected suggestions that it would be difficult to adjust the schedule to give teams more time to improve.
“It’s really difficult for the players, it’s just difficult – the rest is a decision at the office fee desk,” he said.
(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; Editing by Toby Davis)
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