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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp goes on rant as FIFA leave Reds waiting for dates decision | Football | Sport


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is worried that the current setup of numerous tournaments being played throughout the calendar year is not sustainable in the long run.

The 52-year-old took his team to the Champions League final on June 1 where they beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

However, the season didn’t end there for a lot of his players as several stars were then involved in international competitions, including the Nations League, the Copa America and the Africa Cup of Nations.

This season Liverpool will be competing in seven different competitions – the Premier League, Community Shield, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA’s Club World Cup – and Klopp is concerned about the lack of rest his players will have this summer ahead of a busy campaign.

On top of that Klopp is unhappy FIFA have yet to notify Liverpool about the dates of the Club World Cup.

Football’s governing body announced in June the tournament would take place in Qatar in December, but the actual dates have yet to be confirmed and Liverpool are also still waiting on an official invite from FIFA to take part.

Fielding a competitive side in so many competitions is going to be a tricky task for 52-year-old boss and Klopp may look towards the club’s academy when fielding a side for the winter tournament in the Middle East.

Liverpool saw several stars have international commitments during the summer, which in turn results in those players returning back later to pre-season training to allow them to have a rest from playing football.

“It’s not riding a bike, so you lose a little bit (of rhythm),” Klopp said.

“It will all come back but it will be a tough start. 

“In the future, we have to change that. We have to change it. It is not possible (to continue).”

The Nations League finals saw Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, along with Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold extend their summer with England, as well as Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum play for Holland and Xherdan Shaqiri represent Switzerland.

The Reds also saw Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita compete in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, while Roberto Firmino and Alisson joined Brazil in the Copa America.

“It looks like nobody can imagine a week without football in the year. When did that happen? A game again, a game again,” Klopp added.

“It is difficult, difficult for the boys. Everything will be fine this season. But in the long-term? We have to change it. 

“There must be breaks. Come on, let them go. Be brave. Don’t treat every game like it is the last of a decade.

“The pressure is everywhere. We need to calm this down. We need proper breaks, then you will get world class performances. 

“Then you can enjoy these boys in the long-term and it will be easier for the younger ones to come through.”



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