We all love festive football. What could be better than mince pies and Mane or Christmas crackers and Karius?!
Managers, fans, and players all know there will be a lot of games and bodies will be pushed to the limit. But there is a limit.
Jurgen Klopp has lashed out at the league’s authorities after it was revealed we will play twice in less than 48 hours this Christmas.
The game against Man City at Anfield has been moved to December 31st with a kick-off time of 5.30pm so that it can be shown live on Sky Sports.
We then play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on January 2nd at 3pm — just 44 hours later.
There is no doubt that the situation is a joke, and Klopp is not happy.
“Now I have seen the fixtures and I am not too happy,” Klopp said.
“We have less than 48 hours between our game against Man City on December 31 and playing in Sunderland on the 2nd.
“Forty-eight hours is an interesting idea but less than 48 hours I cannot believe.”
He says he will try and speak to someone and get the Sunderland kickoff time moved — but we know from experience that it’s unlikely. The money grabbing FA and Premier League would rather risk the players’ health than lose out on a few quid.
“I learn more and more about this league and maybe I have to ask someone if we can ask if there will be another time for us at Sunderland,” he added.
“Our job is to do everything we can to win games. I understand tradition. I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea as I love it and I have absolutely no problem.” (Echo)