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‘Somebody has to start thinking’ – Klopp echoes Solskjaer gripe about PL fixture scheduling

Jurgen Klopp has echoed the sentiments of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about the fixture scheduling of teams involved in Europe.

Manchester United made the trip down the M62 to face Everton in the Saturday early kick-off, a decision which left manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer absolutely furious after his side only arrived back in the UK in the early hours of Thursday morning following their trip to Istanbul for their Champions League defeat to Basaksehir.

The Norwegian questioned why his side were offered minimal rest, pointing to the fact that Liverpool and Manchester City both played in Europe on Tuesday, but were handed a fixture on Sunday evening, Solskjaer saying his side were being ‘set up to fail’.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw between Liverpool and CIty, Jurgen Klopp backed his counterpart’s gripe, saying that ‘somebody has to start thinking’ about the welfare of the players and the amount of rest they are afforded – particularly in what is already a condensed calendar.

“I have spoken to the Premier League. No team on a Wednesday night play away in the Champions League should have the 12:30 kick-off on Saturday,” he told BBC Sport.

“Okay Sunday no problem, not the 12:30 on Saturday because you wake up and play football. This is the recovery phase. Premier League has to change it, Sky, BT, you everyone has to talk to each other.

“If you want to have good football then give the boys a few hours more.

“We had after the triple header in the international break we played 12:30. The boys played Wednesday night in Peru, that is not possible. Somebody has to start thinking.”

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