Klopp highlights number of matches as key difference between Germany and England

on 11.01.2016

Jurgen Klopp has warned former Bundesliga rival Pep Guardiola to be ready for England’s punishing fixture schedule should he follow him to the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 8, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Guardiola has announced he will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and has been linked with three of England’s biggest clubs.

Chelsea are under interim manager Guus Hiddink after sacking Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal remains under pressure at Manchester United and Guardiola is widely linked with Manchester City, who have manager Manuel Pellegrini under contract but a number of Guardiola’s former Barcelona colleagues in their leadership structure.

Klopp, who enjoyed great success with Borussia Dortmund in Germany, took over at Liverpool earlier this season and has since seen his squad decimated by injuries.

He faces an FA Cup replay after an unfamiliar line-up drew 2-2 with Exeter on Friday, while a run to the two-legged semi-final of the Capital One Cup has added to congestion.

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“The number of games is the biggest difference (from Germany),” Klopp told several national newspapers.

“When I came here, I didn’t know there were two (legs) in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup. I had people in Germany, saying after we beat Stoke, ‘yeah, you’re in the final again!’ Idiots!

“In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup – that if you draw you play again – they say ‘what?’. Here you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game.”

The teams linked with Guardiola have all been consistently big spenders in the transfer market and Klopp said: “Pep is so experienced, for sure. I’m sure he will buy a few players and have a good team, have 35 players or whatever.”

A spate of hamstring issues have highlighted Liverpool’s injury problems and Klopp again referenced the fixture schedule, and the lack of a winter break in England, in discussing the situation.

He said: “I’ve had a similar situation before with injuries, but with the winter break, they come back. That’s a big difference.”

He added: “What I can say about here is very positive – it’s a great country, great people, the food is much better than everybody said. Okay, the weather is not great – like everyone said!”


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  1. How we still haven’t signed a centre half is beyond me!!we’re in deep load of shyte!!our so called transfer committee should act faster in the transfer market!!

    • I’m sure it’s being worked on, there’s probably a lot of things happening that we’re rightly unaware of, there’s still a long way to go in this window and some of our ‘targets’ might simply be unavailable in January or even assessing their other options. We’re all agreed that we need one, maybe we’ll get Matip or Howedes or even somebody else ‘under the radar’, but don’t discount having to wait until the summer for the players we really want..

  2. Think FA Cup replays and 2-legged SF League Cup ties should be done away with now that I think about it. Host them at Wembley instead like the FA Cup and that problem would be solved really. These traditions really aren’t doing the English players any favors here.

    • The issue of fixture congestion is one that definitely needs addressing, I’m opposed to a winter break as it only makes the situation worse and I love the Christmas and New Year schedule. One thing that would help is to reduce the number of teams in the Premier League, as an example a PL made up of 16 teams would mean six less games a year and free up space for the cup games, the downside of course is less games means less revenue and that might be hard to sell to the clubs, the TV companies and the sponsors.

      • Woah! Naa that’s never gonna happen mate…it’s far too drastic for starters…and for a country as big as England and with so many clubs around it’s never gonna reduce to 16…the bottom clubs would be right to fee aggrieved.

        • It could be ‘phased’ by four years where you still relegate the bottom three but only promote the top two from the Championship but having said that I’m in agreement that it will probably never happen for a variety of reasons. I think any change be it your suggestions or any alternative ideas will be met with resistance in some quarters..

      • Yeah, or you could scrap meaningless international friendlies or reduce international competitions completely where the majority of our injuries originate. I really wish Jurgen would leave this one alone. This is the entertainment industry, and the English game is the most popular in the world, and whiskey nose was able to win all around him in every competition.

        • I wasn’t actually advocating the scrapping of anything and I definitely don’t have the answer to this one but it’s a topic which isn’t going to go away anytime soon..

        • Don’t think he’s trying to change it mate…it’s just hard for a European to come in and get used to this ridiculously congested fixture list. Forget the winter break(though it does have it’s harms), I just think things like 2-legged SF draws and FA Cup replays should be done away with.

          Then again, it doesn’t help that we play Europa League almost every single season now and that we end up playing most of our first team in it…more rotation amongst the youth needs to happen, even if we do crash out of the competition…it’s all well and nice to harbor expectations to win all 4 competitions at the start of the season, but sooner or later, we have to get in touch with reality. Something like that would take an uber-fit and firing squad with atleast 4 players in the form of their lives…we seem to be lacking in both those departments at the moment.

    • And what of our squad? Hopefully no new injuries + Ibe, Sakho, Toure, Hendo are now available? Or perhaps that’s too much to ask.

    • A stiflingly energetic midfield, methinks. To be clear, I would be happy with a draw as I dream of my best Anfield memory of recent years, namely the 5-1 drubbing of league-leading Arsenal on 2014-02-08 :-)

      • Depends on how well we stifle Ozil and hoping Giroud has an off day. The fella is on a rich vein of form.

        Something I’d like to say of one of our players…

        • the only player i am worried about is ramsey…………if he have a off day than we have more of a chance……………ozil and giroud normally dont perform against us..now dont remind me of our last season trip to emirates

  3. maybe also worth mentioning that, perhaps due to overboiling rumours in the open transfer window, real dangers of departures or only as a reply to Klopp`s no-training-but-regenerating statement, old BVB-“Boss” Watzke warned in an interview a couple of days ago, that “players get squeezed like a lemon in the PL and due to the dense fixtures there´s next to no time for training. Some players will spend serious thought about that rather than just looking what´s in their wallet at the end of the month, which will surely influence their decision (of potentially changing to an english club).
    He also said that he “watched a lot of PL-football over the festive period, not noticing that the standard of play has changed. Foremost the standard of spending has changed though.”

  4. Get rid of the deadwood
    Move half the 1st team into the ‘squad’
    Spend some serious money on quality to top up the team

  5. Well Klopp you will learn, come next season we won’t have this much injuries to deal with, because you will rotate before Christmas, and you would have pre season to get your players fit, so the intense training won’t be needed that time around.

  6. And what would happen in the ‘break’ ? They would play meaningless friendlies. Sometimes on consecutive days. Because that’s what the Germans do. I love Klopp but get on with it, your in England now.

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