Match of the Day honcho Gary Lineker reckons that English football needs to take a serious look at itself in regards to the competitions it currently runs.
Lineker reckons the League Cup should be scrapped and that FA Cup Replays should similarly be abolished, in response to the current backlash, led by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp is refusing to field his first-team v Shrewsbury Town in the 4th Round Replay as it is due to take place during the winter break. What’s more, he won’t even stand on the touchline, with Neil Critchley taking charge.
Lineker also thinks the FA Cup should start earlier and that intriguingly, the lower sides should between a home or away tie – giving them the option of money or a better chance of victory (which actually isn’t perfect in itself).
If it were down to me: I’d do away with the League Cup. Start the FA Cup earlier, not just after Xmas when everyone is knackered. Qualification can be earlier or be more frequent. Ditch replays (90 mins, pens) but give the lower league side the choice of playing home or away. https://t.co/0Q9IPLoktc
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 27, 2020
Any rule that would relax the number of domestic cup games Liverpool would have to play every season would prick Klopp’s ears.
The Reds boss has moaned about the lack of rest for his players since he moved to England – but nothing has ever happened and he’s now showing his feelings through actions – rightly or wrongly.