Jurgen Klopp feels ‘too dumb’ to get Premier League’s scheduling in latest outburst
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has leapt to the defence of title rivals Manchester City, criticising the Premier League over their congested fixture schedule last week.
City were forced to play in last Saturday’s early kick-off away at West Ham despite playing against Porto in the Champions League on the preceding Wednesday night, meaning they had just two-and-a-half days rest.
Pep Guardiola bemoaned their schedule over the weekend, saying: “I love football, I love to play football, I love watching it on television – I love everything. But it’s too much.
“I know the business but it’s too much for the players. The players don’t have a rest mentally or physically.”
And now Klopp has echoed the City manager’s words, sarcastically suggesting he is “too dumb” to understand the Premier League’s fixture scheduling.
“I think everybody would agree that if you play Tuesday night, you can play the Saturday 12:30pm game, but somehow the Premier League never realises that,” the German said.
“They always put in the Wednesday night game, like last Saturday, Man City had to play this game – I can’t believe it. We are obviously not friends, we play against each other and fight against each other, but how is that possible?
“Maybe I’m too dumb. Richard Masters and all the others have all said it before; ‘come on, that’s how it is’.
“They just aren’t bothered, I don’t understand why.”
City are set to feature in Saturday’s 12:30pm fixture again this Saturday away at Sheffield United, but Guardiola’s men have an extra day to recover this time around after picking up a 3-0 win away at Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Liverpool, who recorded a 2-0 victory over Midtjylland in their own Champions League clash on Tuesday, are due to lock horns with West Ham in the late kick-off.
Both teams are in European action again next week, with the Reds travelling to Italy for a showdown with Atalanta next Tuesday and City hosting Olympiakos on the same night.