Jurgen Klopp says life in England is great, even the food, but the Liverpool boss is still adapting to the huge amount of games being played over winter.
Already facing a minimum of seven games in January due to their two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final against Stoke City, Liverpool added another to the schedule on Friday night when they could only draw at Exeter in their FA Cup third-round tie.
It means a replay at Anfield next Wednesday, while the fourth-round tie will also be played before the end of the month if the Reds progress at the second attempt, making it nine games in total in the month before the Europa League resumes in February.
A combination of the fixture pile-up and several injuries saw Klopp make 11 changes to his side for the game at Exeter, with Tiago Ilori, Kevin Stewart and Ryan Kent all making their senior debuts for the club.
The injury crisis is not new to Klopp, but not having a break over winter for players to recover is something he is experiencing for the first time.
He told several national newspapers: “I’ve had a similar situation before with injuries, but with the winter break, they come back. That’s a big difference.”
Asked what advice he would give to Pep Guardiola, who will also leave the Bundesliga for the Premier League in the summer, Klopp said: “I don’t have to tell Pep Guardiola anything because he is that experienced. [But] the number of games is the biggest difference.
“When I came here, I didn’t know there were two rounds in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup. I had people in Germany last week saying: ‘Yeah, you’re in the final again!’ Idiots!
“In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup – that if you draw you play again – they say ‘what?’. Here you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game. That’s the thing, the number of games – football, football, football.
“With a perfect pre-season you are prepared for a long, long journey. We knew about it, but to feel it is different.”
Klopp joked that whichever club Guardiola takes over will likely give him the funds to build a squad capable of dealing with the amount of games in English football.
Despite not having such a luxury at Liverpool, the German continues to enjoy living in the country – even the food.
“Pep is so experienced, for sure. I’m sure he will buy a few players and have a good team, have 35 players or whatever!” Klopp added.
“What I can say about here is very positive. It’s a great country, great people, the food is much better than everybody said and the weather is not great, like everyone said.”