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EPL: Klopp has major challenges aside from injuries

Timothy Aiyeku

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There is more to the challenges facing Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp with the latest complaints made by the German boss over the fixture schedule.

The Premier League title holders are currently battling with injuries as some of the important players in the squad are on the sideline which places the club’s bid to defend the title on the line.

Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk has been ruled out of the season after sustaining an injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton while Fabinho will be out of action for few weeks. Jurgen Klopp currently lacks options at the defence for the next few fixtures.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund boss expresses dissatisfaction over the tiresome fixtures list handed to top Premier League clubs that are currently participating in the Champions League. They include Liverpool, Man City, Man United, and Chelsea.

In one of his post-game interviews, Jurgen Klopp blasted the Premier League board for not being considerate in their scheduling of matches for his team and others playing in the Champions League.
“I think everybody will agree that if you play Tuesday night, you can play the Saturday 12:30 pm game, but somehow the Premier League never realised that.

“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?”

He lamented that the Premier League bosses are not bothered about how teams cope with these fixtures, expressing fears that it will affect the efficiency of the team and may cause fatigue for the players.

Liverpool will play West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday after the Champions League clash against their Danish opponent on Tuesday and will make a trip to Italy to face Atlanta in Group D, just four days later.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.