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Liverpool Fc boss Klopp: “Playing on the 26th and then the 28th is just not right.”

Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his stance that teams shouldn't play on the 26th and 28th of December.

Klopp unhappy players have to play on the 26th and 28th of December [BBC MOTD]
Klopp unhappy players have to play on the 26th and 28th of December [BBC MOTD]

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has again bemoaned the festive scheduling, saying teams should not play on Boxing Day and on the 28th of December. It’s not the first time the German spoken about the busy schedule, although in the end the Reds did not play on Boxing Day as their game against Leeds was postponed. Klopp also confirmed that Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Thiago and Curtis Jones are all back and ready to play against Leicester, adding that it is like a 'lottery' checking to see if anybody tests positive for Covid. In his pre-match press conference ahead of the Reds’ Premier League clash against Leicester, he said: 'So many people say it's tradition - we wanted to play on Boxing Day. We could have played on Boxing Day no problem at all but it was because of Leeds obviously the situation there so we accept that. 'But playing them on the 26th and then the 28th is just not right. I just say that because it's true. 'I think we can find solutions for that, it's not difficult to play football in a different way like 26th and 29th which is less of a problem. Some teams are doing that like Manchester United (27th and 30th). 'It would help players, even with no Covid. Some teams have a proper Covid problem and then you rush a smaller group of players through two games. 'You need luck and you shouldn't need luck in these moments. Boxing Day is never in doubt, we always want to play on Boxing Day it's a great fixture, it's really good for everybody but after that moment we don't stop discussing. 'If we don't discuss it then it just stays like this, maybe it stays like this anyway, but the players need help and the help needs to come through other areas.' On the growing calls for five substitutes to be allowed in the Premier League again, Klopp said: 'Yes. We have to put competition aside and don't say (Manchester) City has better subs than Southampton or we have better subs than Burnley or whatever. 'That's probably true whatever that means exactly. It's Premier League and can still cause us problems. 'The problem is this intensity for a top-class footballer is definitely at the edge.'



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