Klopp: Liverpool suffer because of “crime” of Manchester United matches

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Klopp: Liverpool suffer because of “crime” of Manchester United matches


Jürgen Klopp has described Manchester United’s fixture list as “a crime” and accused the Premier League of reneging on their promise that the sides would not suffer from the Old Trafford protests against the Glazer family.

The Liverpool manager backed Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision to make 10 changes for United’s 2-1 loss to Leicester on Tuesday, despite damage to his side’s prospects of qualifying for the Champions League next season . Klopp admitted he would have done the same if he was forced to play three matches in five days and that Liverpool will only have to blame themselves if they fail to finish in the top four.

But he insists Liverpool and West Ham’s Champions League prospects have been hampered by the schedule imposed on United by the Premier League. Three games in five days were never discussed, Klopp said, when the decision was made to postpone Liverpool’s game at Old Trafford on May 2 after a pitch invasion by United fans protesting against club owners .

“It was the lineup I expected,” Klopp said of United’s selection against Leicester. “Not exactly the roster but I knew he had to make those changes. With everything that has happened and the protests in Manchester leading up to this, playing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday is a crime. It’s not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the players. My question to myself was, “Would I have done the same?” ” Yes. You have to. We’re late in the season, United have gone to the Europa League final and that means a lot of games and now you have Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. It is not possible.

“But the following weekend is a weekend for United. I’m not the guy who makes the schedule, but when we thought about how it might work the day it got called off, there was no game Tuesday through Thursday. The Premier League’s explanation was that no other team should suffer because of what happened in Manchester and it didn’t work out very well – a little for West Ham and a little for Liverpool.

“But if we don’t qualify for the Champions League, it’s not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his team selection or the Premier League, it’s our fault. In this specific case, I think it could have been done differently. But we get more and more used to the fact that things rarely go in your favor or in your direction. It is simply accepted as is.

Klopp has confirmed that Ozan Kabak will not be available for the revamped game at Old Trafford on Thursday, leaving Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams as his only center-backs. The manager has said Jordan Henderson will no longer play this season. There was better news for England, however, as the midfielder should be fully rested and in good shape in time for the European Championship finals.


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The Liverpool manager, who said Virgil van Dijk’s decision not to lead the Netherlands at Euro was the only course of action available, said: “Hendo doesn’t play or train still normally with us, so it’s a decision between Gareth. and Hendo but I think there is a chance for sure. Unfortunately not for us but for England.

“It will probably be around last week when he gets the chance to train with us, but he’s been away too long to play for us. This means that Hendo will be rested and have a proper pre-season for the Euros if everything works as planned. He’s not out of it.

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