Sky Sports and BT Sport refuse Klopp demand after Liverpool boss left fuming

Sky Sports and BT Sport have reportedly refused to bow to pressure to change their contracts, insisting the Premier League must make the first move to ease the schedule.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had gone on a lengthy rant following the win over Leicester with the German slamming TV broadcasters.

Though The Sun claim that both companies are united in their view the issue is one for the Prem to sort out before they can get involved.

Premier League bosses have signalled that clubs were aware of the schedule slots having approved the domestic TV deal.

Klopp dismissed that, insisting everyone needs to adapt, though it seems the Premier League winning boss will not be getting his way anytime soon.

Klopp had said: "Why we change late is because we constantly have to think that someone will go down with an injury.

"We cannot change early, because if someone goes down and then you get a muscle injury, you end with nine players. That's the truth and nothing else.

“It was never about us when I talked about it, it was about all the players. It was about the England players, all the players that play European Championships next summer.

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"If you [Sky] don't start talking to BT [Sport] we are all done.

“Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing on Wednesday and Saturday [at] 12:30, I'm not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players. All the top six and seven.

“I know you [the broadcasters] don't care and that's the problem.

"It's not wrong. We've discussed it for a long time and nothing's happened. Everybody tells me it's difficult here, it's difficult there.

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“It's really difficult for the players, that's what is difficult. The rest is just a decision on a desk in an office, and that's not difficult for me.”

He added: “It's a massive problem. Wednesday and Saturday 12:30 is a broadcaster problem and nothing else. People tell me if we want to change, then we need to schedule a meeting. For what? Then you give us money back?

"We two teams who play Champions League on Tuesday night. We have two teams who play Champions League on Wednesday night, then we have teams in the European League on Thursday night.

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"So what you do, because you pick first and then BT picks us. We play against Atalanta on Wednesday and then 12:30 [Saturday] against Brighton.

"If someone tells me again about contracts I'll go really nuts. Because these contracts aren't made for a Covid season.

“We all have to adapt. You adapt, we adapt. Who'd have thought a year ago we have to go with a face mask like this. Everything's changed, but the contracts with the broadcasters is still: 'We have this, so we keep this’.”

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