Klopp blasted broadcasters beyond the schedule of heavy matches

Ross Houston
November 24, 2020

Klopp's broadside at reporter Geoff Shreeves was not included in the edit shown by Sky following Liverpool's 3-0 Premier League win over Leicester City on Sunday.

Telegraph Sport has been told the Premier League has made no approach to Sky or BT to discuss a resolution, with a source at one of the broadcasters saying: "Klopp needs to speak to the Premier League".

"Why we change late, is because we constantly have to think that somebody will go down", Klopp said, explaining his tendency to leave substitutes until the latter stages of the game. "If you don't start talking to BT [Sport] we are all done", Klopp told Sky Sports. "Today maybe Saka, I'm not sure, looks like a knee injury - he played all three games for England in the worldwide break", he said.

The Covid-19 epidemic ended late last season and the current campaign was cut short.

The 53-year-old German believes that the scheduling of Champions League matches, which are broadcast by BT, and the Premier League, which is broadcast by Sky and BT, is putting a strain on players and causing injuries.

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

"Liverpool have a great squad of players, so earning a starting position here is not easy at all, and I am used to that", he said, as per the Mail.

"We work hard during the week and then the coach decides who comes out". It's like this. It's all right, we fight with what we do, but if you (the broadcaster) don't talk.

"We couldn't vote, as managers aren't allowed to do that, but it has gone from 11-9 in favour of three subs to 15-5 in favour of five".

Klopp said the epidemic had forced football to make a number of changes over the past few months and rejected suggestions that it would be hard to adjust the schedule to give squads more time to recover.

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