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‘Absolute bollocks’ – Klopp fumes at Champions League expansion plans and Club World Cup planning

Jurgen Klopp has fumed at proposals to expand the Champions League as well as the organisation of the Club World Cup in Qatar.

There have been reports this week that UEFA have once again put forward plans to expand their flagship tournament, turning the traditional group stages of the competition into a complicated 32-team league from the start of the 2024/25 campaign.

Earlier this week, former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson questioned plans for a European Super League, and Jurgen Klopp also pulled no punches when describing UEFA’s latest proposals, calling them ‘absolute bollocks’, insisting top clubs need fewer games rather than more.

“With Gini [Wijnaldum] injury today, with Dejan [Lovren] four days ago, our squad is not getting bigger. That is of course not cool,” the Liverpool boss said at his post-match press conference today.

“But that’s the same if we were going to Villa to play. They are all watching us suffering but in the end nobody cares really.

“I read today that the top clubs want more games in the Champions League.

“I am absolutely not involved in those plans.

“That’s absolute bollocks as well. We have to cut the number of games, not put more in.

“We have to cut off games not put more in. Until then we do what we do but it’s clear we need each point because it’s a tough long season.”

Liverpool’s first-team jet out to Qatar for their Club World Cup on Sunday, though with the Education City stadium not yet finished, all of the competition’s games will be played Khalifa International Stadium, much to the frustration of the Reds boss.

“All the games are on one pitch now…and it is raining out there. It’s sensationally organised,” Klopp added.

“I’m not sure if the people of Qatar are used to a lot of rain so we will see how the pitch will be. That’s a bit of a problem.”

Liverpool will face Monterray in Wednesday’s semi-final, the Mexican side having beaten Al Sadd in the quarter-finals, the Qatari outfit managed by Barcelona legend, Xavi.

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