Jurgen Klopp continued his rant against the Premier League’s incessant schedule, hitting Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville’s claims that he wanted an advantage for his Liverpool side.
Klopp has made his views clear on the urgent need for the Premier League to change the rules and allow five substitutes mid-season, but the club chose not to raise the issue when the top clubs met on Thursday.
Former United right-back Neville responded to Klopp’s astonishing BT Sport interview in Brighton by pointing out that the sole purpose of his outbursts from the German is to give his players as much rest as possible and the best playing time to suit his players.
Jurgen Klopp continued his rant against the schedule, striking out on Gary Neville
Neville told Sky Sports earlier this week that Klopp is trying to gain an advantage for his squad
But the Liverpool boss has now continued his war of words ahead of Wolves’ visit by stating that he is’ not like ‘Marcel and that the welfare of the players in the league does concern him.
“I’ve heard Gary Neville say now – I got it, but I don’t remember exactly what he said – but it’s not about Liverpool,” Klopp said.
Whatever he thinks might be proof of what he would do, how he would handle a situation like that, but he can’t or shouldn’t think that I look like him because I’m not like him, I’m talking about all the players and not just the Liverpool players.
‘He said three submarines are helping them. Just because we didn’t vote yesterday doesn’t make the problem go away.
Liverpool suffered another injury last weekend when James Milner left Brighton
But the Liverpool boss insists he is concerned about the welfare of all Premier League players
“ It’s not about Liverpool, I don’t really have five players that I can bring with me right now, I can bring kids and things like that and that’s all okay and it’s our problem, nothing to do with the general problem, but it’s about all players, and it’s about load management and nothing else.
‘Load management not to gain an advantage, loan management to deal with the problem that this Covid situation is also for football, to handle the situation in the best possible way and we can’t just ignore it because some people saying it would be a benefit to others because it is not a benefit I can’t say it often enough. ‘
An enraged Klopp was engaged in a war of words with BT Sport reporter Des Kelly after James Milner was injured in their 1-1 draw at Amex Stadium on Saturday for blaming broadcasters again for their accumulation of games this season . .
The Liverpool boss has already dealt with a number of serious injuries from key players – such as Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold – and believes the reintroduction of the five-substitution rule will better protect his players.
The Liverpool boss has already lost important players to injuries, including Trent Alexander-Arnold
But while showing sympathy for the 12.30pm kickoff his side had, especially after a Champions League game, Neville claimed Klopp’s sole intention was to replicate what former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson did to try and get the schedule that suited his part best.
Sir Alex Ferguson wanted that advantage. He wanted to have the opportunity to recover more and play different times so it sorted Manchester United. That’s what Klopp wants now, ”Neville said Monday.
Does he have a point in the broader context? I don’t think it’s an exceptional season, it’s just more exceptional because the players have had more rest than ever before. They had three months of Covid, they had nine games then, and although they had won the league, Klopp played all of his best players when they had five weeks off before the start of the season.
‘In each season I only have three or four weeks in the World Cup and Euro years, so there is more rest this year than in any other year. I don’t understand why it is a unique season. I understand that the fans are not there and that the feeling is not there for the players. ‘
An enraged Klopp was engaged in a war of words with BT Sport reporter Des Kelly on Saturday
Neville sympathized to some extent with the German during the afternoon and 12:30 pm starts
He continued: ‘I remember the third season of the 2002-03 season when we played at 11am, at 11:30 pm, we played so many games in that slot machine, just like Liverpool in 2006-07, this is not a new problem, this is an 18 year old problem.
‘Liverpool played two games in that slot. The maximum Liverpool can play in that slot is six, so I don’t think Jurgen Klopp could have a major complaint about being disadvantaged. ‘
As revealed by Sportsmail On Thursday, the issue of five substitutes was not on the agenda of the Premier League shareholders’ meeting, but any club could have talked about it and got a vote.
Neville insisted he was only trying to get the same benefit that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted
Klopp claimed he had the support of 14 other managers for the transition to five subs, which would be enough to cast a vote.
Speaking on the matter again, Klopp has claimed that plenty of clubs have still voted for it, but he insists that the welfare of the players is being ignored by certain chiefs at the top.
‘I was not surprised [that the issue was not raised] because I knew about it, that information speaks for itself, no one thought it would continue, ”added Klopp.
Klopp emphasizes that there are at least 15 clubs that would vote in favor of the five substitutes
“I told you that in the managers meeting if we had voted that day that we were not allowed to have, it would have gone one hundred percent, with 15 or 16 votes.
“ That it hasn’t happened since then is clearly a sign that some shareholders, CEOs, sports directors, whatever, see it differently from their executives, that’s not really a good sign to be honest because it shows that these people really ignore the welfare of the player. .
‘But if you don’t get the chance to vote for it, you have to accept that for the time being. Because by the way, it’s not just the well-being of the player, but also the mental health, it’s the whole package. we will not fight for it because that is the right thing to do. ‘