Jürgen Klopp has accused the Premier League and TV companies of throwing “a stick between the legs” of Liverpool’s quadruple chase with a fixture schedule that he claims no other league in the world would impose.
Liverpool are firm favourites to reach the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday when they take a 3-1 lead into their quarter-final second leg against Benfica at Anfield. Klopp’s team then face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday followed by home league games against Manchester United and Everton.
But it is the early kick-off away at Newcastle on Saturday 30 April, that falls between dates for the first and second legs of the Champions League semi-finals, that has exasperated Klopp. The Liverpool manager believes the workload explains why no English club have won a quadruple before.
“We are part of four competitions, and thankfully we are good enough this year not to go out early, but the fixture list we have now, let’s get through it,” Klopp said.
“The only game I am concerned about is Benfica. Because of the success we had so far we play Saturday against City, but it could have been Aston Villa [in the Premier League]. Then we play United, then we play Everton. Then, if we get through tomorrow, we have a semi-final and BT and the Premier League thought we should have Newcastle away at 12.30.
“The schedule, and how people use the fame in the moment – Liverpool is hot and everyone wants to see them – they couldn’t care less, the TV stations.