Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has thrown his support behind Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the Norwegian claimed the club were set up to fail due to the gruelling fixture schedule.
Solskjaer’s Red Devils travelled to Turkey to face Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Wednesday night, before taking on Premier League rivals Everton in the 12:30 kick-off on Saturday.
Following Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Goodison Park, Solskjaer blasted the authorities for the fixture congestion: “The kick-off time set us up to fail.
“We have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles.”
Responding to Solskjaer’s comments after his side’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City, Liverpool boss Klopp also raised concerns about the issue:
“I have spoken to the Premier League. No team on a Wednesday night should have the 12:30 kick-off on Saturday.
“Okay Sunday no problem, not the 12:30 because you wake up and play football. This is the recovery phase. Premier League has to change, Sky, BT everyone has to talk to each other.
“We had after the triple header in the international break we played 12:30. The boys played Wednesday night in Peru, that is not possible.”