‘Really thank you very much’: Jurgen Klopp fumes at Liverpool’s lunchtime kick-off AGAIN as Reds boss sarcastically takes aim at the broadcasters for Saturday lunchtime slot with Brazil stars Alisson and Fabinho unavailable for Watford clash
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised his side’s 12.30pm kick-off time
- Their Brazilian stars Alisson and Fabinho were unable to play against Watford
- Klopp believes there is too short a turnaround between country and club duties
- The German has previously been extremely outspoken about fixture congestion
Jurgen Klopp has unleashed a furious rant at broadcasters who decided Liverpool’s game against Watford would kick off at lunchtime.
The Reds kicked off at 12.30pm British time against the Hornets in the Premier League at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, in new boss Claudio Ranieri’s first match.
Liverpool’s Brazilian stars Alisson and Fabinho were unable to play in the match, having just completed international duty with Brazil.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp criticised broadcasters for giving his side a lunchtime kick-off
The Reds kicked off at 12.30pm British time on Saturday against Watford at Vicarage Road
He told journalist Des Kelly on BT Sport before the match: ‘Because we play at 12.30pm there was no chance that they’d play and that’s why we thought then to send them (to Spain).
‘If we would have played tonight they would be here and we would have given it a try, but we play at 12.30pm and there was no chance. I think it was the broadcaster’s (BT) idea to have us at 12.30pm, was it Watford?
‘If you wouldn’t have set (the game for 12.30pm) we wouldn’t have had to apply (to change it). Thank you very much for your help again, really thank you very much.’
The club’s Brazilian stars, goalkeeper Alisson Becker (right) and defensive midfielder Fabinho (centre) were unavailable for the clash after recently completing international duty with Brazil
Alisson and Fabinho were in South America until Thursday evening, Friday morning UK time.
Therefore, with little prospect of making the match the club decided to send them directly to Madrid for their Champions League match on Tuesday.
In Friday’s press conference, Klopp fumed: ‘Somebody decided to give Brazil the opportunity to play last night. And then somebody made the decision for us to play on Saturday at 12.30. It’s not in our hands.’
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has history with Kelly, having accused him and BT of causing an injury to James Milner in an extraordinary rant last year.
After drawing against Brighton, Klopp argued with Kelly across an eight-minute post-match interview, holding the broadcaster responsible for his players’ struggles with injuries due to numerous fixtures back-to-back.
He said: ‘I don’t know how often I have to say it, but you pick the 12.30 kick-offs. Between now and December there is one more Wednesday, Saturday. These are difficult times. I am just saying it how it is. Wednesday to Saturday 12.30 is really dangerous.’
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