Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he does not see the benefit in stopping for Premier League games due to the ongoing World Cup, however some European leagues have been halted.
Jurgen Klopp has said that he doesn’t see the benefit in stopping Premier League football. The Liverpool boss is adamant that his side will continue to play in England’s top tier next season despite their Champions League qualification.
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United: Stopping the league has no value – Jurgen Klopp on Covid
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he doesn’t see the point of suspending the Premier League because of the growing number of Covid cases, but he doesn’t have a solution.
Five of the ten Premier League matches scheduled for this weekend have been postponed, and Klopp had three players withdraw from Thursday’s 3-1 victory over Newcastle.
Klopp claims that all of his players have been double-vaccinated, with some receiving booster shots.
“Stopping the league is certainly not the best option,” he added, “but we have to be more flexible with the timetable.”
“So far, football has kept it mostly outdoors with testing regimens and hefty disciplinary measures for the lads, but this time it is much more difficult.”
“I don’t see the huge value of that [stopping the Premier League] because we come back and it’s the same,” Klopp remarked.
“If the infection is gone, I’ll be the first to stop, go home, and wait till it’s gone.” But, because this is very certainly not the case, where is the true benefit?
“We’re hoping we’ll be able to play on Sunday, and Tottenham will be able to play as well.”
Brentford manager Thomas Frank appealed for this weekend’s Premier League games to be postponed to allow clubs to deal with the outbreaks on Wednesday, but the Premier League has so far refused.
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe feels that either all games should be rescheduled or all games should be played.
He said, “I don’t believe we want half the games played and half not played.” “If the league becomes disconnected, it loses something. For the sake of the league’s credibility, a decision must be taken.”
On Sunday, Liverpool will go to Tottenham, whose game against Leicester was postponed on Thursday, before meeting the Foxes in the Carabao Cup on December 22.
The Reds next face two Premier League matches in three days, and Klopp is concerned about meeting Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in January because to the English Football League’s poor vaccination rate.
Liverpool were missing Fabinho, Curtis Jones, and Virgil van Dijk for the match on Thursday, but Klopp claims the club did not request a delay.
“It’s quite improbable that once you’ve got it, it remains with three people – maybe [it spreads to] another three or four, and then you’ve got 13 players eligible to play on the 26th and 28th,” he told Match of the Day.
Klopp also claimed that he didn’t recognize half of the Everton team that drew 1-1 with Chelsea on Thursday, despite the fact that the Toffees were without a number of players due to injury and sickness.
After the game, Everton manager Rafael Benitez remarked that football may be “an example” in the present situation, adding, “We have to make sure the priority is the people’s health.”
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was also without four players when they tested positive for drugs – Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and the injured Ben Chilwell – but he claims he is not interested in getting embroiled in “politics.”
“We’re all concerned about Covid since it’s so near to us,” he said, adding, “We got four positives.” “Other games are canceled, but ours isn’t, therefore we have to give it our all to win.”
When asked whether Chelsea wanted the game postponed because of the Covid instances, Tuchel said, “No, we didn’t talk about it for a second.”
“I don’t know the rules and have no desire to learn them; all I do is prepare my squad.” At the age of 12, we could tell who was ready to play and who wasn’t.
“And the players are always the center of attention. It’s none of my concern whether the game is called off or not.”
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