Jurgen Klopp moans about ‘absolutely ridiculous’ situation Liverpool currently face

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has bemoaned the compact fixture schedule between the two international breaks which will see his squad depth tested to the max. The belated start to the new season due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to a reshuffle of the fixtures for the campaign in all competitions.

Several clubs have had to contend with playing twice in the same week for most of the campaign already.

And that’s going to continue into December after the next international break.

Teams playing in the Champions League have to try and find a balance with little to no time to give players a prolonged rest.

Liverpool’s game against Midtjylland on Wednesday night was their fourth fixture in just 10 days with three more coming before the next international break on October 9.

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It’s already been suggested that the tight fixture schedule for teams regularly competing at the top has had a direct impact on some of the surprise results in the league.

Liverpool have coped relatively well as they currently sit second in the table, despite losing 7-2 to Aston Villa earlier this month.

But they now have to go ahead without Virgil van Dijk at the back, who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Everton.

Joel Matip has also been unavailable, meaning Joe Gomez and Fabinho have been the makeshift pairing in defence.


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There aren’t any other senior options for Klopp at centre back either, meaning the Liverpool duo will have to be relied upon more than most.

Liverpool aren’t the only team trying to find a way to deal with the congested fixture list.

But that hasn’t stopped Klopp having a moan at those in charge of deciding when the games should be played.

“These boys have nine or 10 games in the space of four weeks which is absolutely ridiculous,” he said.

“We have to try and deal with it.

“We have players available and we have to play games.

“It’s Tuesday night, it’s the Champions League and we are ready.”

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