Klopp returns to criticize the stations after a new blow
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticized British broadcasters once again after James Milner hobbled away with a hamstring injury in his team’s 1-1 draw in Brighton on Saturday.
Ahead of the Premier League clash, Klopp said it was a “waste of time” trying to persuade football authorities and broadcast rights holders to review the match schedule after Liverpool played Saturday’s game. early after their Champions League loss to Atalanta on Wednesday.
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When asked by BT Sport if Milner suffered a hamstring injury, Klopp replied: “Yes, congratulations. Hamstrings. Surprise. And they also had injuries because it’s a difficult time.”
“I don’t know how often I have to say it. You chose 12:30 [p.m. GMT]. These are difficult times. If you play at 15:00 or 17:30 [p.m. GMT] it is exactly the same. I’m not going to try the stations, I’m just saying how it is.
“From Wednesday to Saturday at 12:30 [p.m. GMT] it is very dangerous for the players. It’s not just my players who have that problem. I only go to the stations with Wednesday to Saturday at 12:30 [p.m. GMT].
“I wanted to quit because it doesn’t help. It’s a bigger problem this season, because of the short preseason and things like this. We have this space three times. Look, who else had this space three times? Nobody.”
Premier League matches can start at 12:30 pm GMT with other slots at 3 pm GMT, 5:30 pm GMT and 8 pm GMT.
It is not the first time that Klopp has faced the broadcasters after claiming they didn’t care about the players after Liverpool’s win over Leicester City last week.
Klopp also criticized Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, who openly opposed the reintroduction of five substitutions.
“Chris Wilder or whoever, they constantly say I’m selfish,” Klopp added. “I think all things show that he’s selfish, but that’s not too important.
“I was in a similar situation to him when I was working in Mainz, all about staying in the league. Now they have three substitutes and one point.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has said he would like to see VAR scrapped and a return to “normal” football.
Brighton won a draw when they were given an injury time penalty after referee Stuart Attwell was sent to the pitch monitor and ruled that Andy Robertson had caught Danny Welbeck. Liverpool also had two goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ruled out for offside by VAR.
“I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but in my opinion I would. I just want to play soccer as usual,” Henderson said.
“I saw Kevin De Bruyne say in an interview that so many rules have changed that we no longer know what they are. That for me is a big problem. We are talking about instances all the time and not football. In my opinion I prefer to play without him.
“If they’re offside, you do the line thing, then what can you do? The third, I don’t know, it’s not a penalty.
“You may think that I am biased, but if you ask four or five or their boys they will say the same thing … You feel that there are many decisions that go against you, but that decision for me today is disconcerting.”
Information from Reuters was included in this report.