Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been left fuming with Liverpool’s altered fixture list for December and January.
Eight of Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures in December and January have today been rescheduled for television coverage by Sky Sports and BT Sport and the Reds boss has vented his anger.
“I’m not too happy in this moment. We have less than 48hrs between playing Man City & Sunderland. I don’t know if we can do anything,” Klopp said at today’s press conference.
“We have less than 48 hours between games. Then this Dutch guy, the funny athletic coach (Raymond Verheijen) says ‘training is not too good’…How can you prepare teams for this?”
“I would never say Boxing Day is a bad idea—I love it. But I don’t know why we play on Jan 2. Is it a special day?
“Everybody asks why England aren’t too successful in big tournaments. All other countries watch English football at this time,” said Klopp.
— Raymond Verheijen (@raymondverheije) October 14, 2016
Asked about winning Manager of the Month, he added: “Unfortunately a second ago I saw the new fixtures! Of course it’s a nice prize. I didn’t know about these prizes existing until David Wagner got it last month.
“Are you journalists involved? (No) Then no thanks to you.”
Ray the fitness egg on toast please, chief pic.twitter.com/F4AUqZBWUV
— THE ANFIELD WRAP (@TheAnfieldWrap) October 14, 2016
Firstly, the trip to Bournemouth has been moved to a 1.30pm kick-off on Sunday December 4, with Sky Sports set to broadcast the game.
The home clash with West Ham United will now take place on Sunday December 11 at 4.30pm, while the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park has been altered to an 8pm kick-off on Monday December 19 with both matches will be shown by Sky.
— RadioCity News/Sport (@RadioCityNews) October 14, 2016
Stoke’s visit to Anfield, originally scheduled for Boxing Day, has been moved to a 5.15pm start on Tuesday December 27 and BT Sport will show Liverpool’s home date with Man City, which remains on Saturday December 31 but will now kick off at 5.30pm.
The Reds will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Sunday January 15, with the fixture beginning at 4pm and being broadcast by Sky.
BT will show the Anfield game against Swansea City at 12.30pm on Saturday January 21 and the visit of Chelsea at 8pm on Tuesday January 31.
Meanwhile, Klopp confirmed that Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren are “in the race” to face Manchester United on Monday night.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana have not been ruled out and Joe Gomez is also back in training.
“It will be a very intense game, two good sides. The situations are not that different – it’s three points. They have big quality and we have to respect this, as we do.
“But this is Anfield. We have to show this. We have had a few nice atmospheres but I’m open for the best atmosphere.
“We need everybody in a Liverpool shirt in this game. The more interest, the more difficult it is, but the more excited everybody is.
“It will never, ever, be a normal game. We should use this opportunity on the pitch, all the nice stories are written on the pitch, in the stadium, with big respect because that’s what it stands for.
“You face the biggest opponents and play football against them, that’s the kind of battle we have. We need to create a special atmosphere, in and around, in your living room.
“Knowing about this should give us the power,” said Klopp.