‘It’s like in the jungle when you have to eat kangaroo whatever, you know you should not do it’: Jurgen Klopp insists he LIKES Boxing Day football but says there are too many festive games
- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has criticised the gruelling festive schedule
- The Reds face two games in two days, in the Carabao Cup and Club World Cup
- Klopp admitted he liked Boxing Day football but is expecting a difficult period
The Reds face two matches in 48 hours next week, with one squad playing Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and another heading to Qatar for the Club World Cup on Wednesday.
The European Champions are unbeaten at the top of the Premier League, but their brutal run of games could threaten to derail them – with Joel Matip, Fabinho and Dejan Lovren already sidelined through injury.
Jurgen Klopp has criticised the festive schedule but says he likes Boxing Day matches
Liverpool face two games in two days next week due to a Club World Cup fixture
Liverpool’s game against West Ham scheduled for next weekend has been postponed but they will need to recover quickly for a crucial trip to Leicester on Boxing Day.
‘Boxing Day I love as a supporter, I have no problem with the Christmas schedule. It’s the games around it, there are absolutely too many games,’ Klopp said on BT Sport.
‘It’s possible (to get through this run of games) but not with the quality we should show. It’s like in the jungle when they have to eat kangaroo, you know you should not do it.
‘You always have injuries in this period, and it’s how do you deal with it. We’re talking about human beings, if they get injured it’s not cool.’
The run presents a tough challenge for Klopp to manage, as Liverpool compete on all fronts
The Reds qualified for the Club World Cup by winning the Champions League but, despite the prestigious title, Klopp has little enthusiasm for the competition.
‘We don’t discuss it, because it’s the moment where football is the money cow. Do I think I need to be manager of the Club World Cup winners, no, but it’s the same in the Carabao Cup, you send the boys.
‘The fixture makes our life really complicated. We are in the middle of the circus and have to deliver.’