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Ray Parlour slams Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool boss aims dig at Burnley

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Jurgen Klopp has complained about the workload his Liverpool players have been forced to assume (Picture: Getty)

Ray Parlour has told urged Jurgen Klopp to just ‘get on with it’ following the Liverpool manager’s complaints over the workload his players have been forced to assume over the festive period.

Klopp has complained on numerous occasions already this season about the schedule which traditionally intensifies in late December and early January, but a solution remains a distant prospect.

The rapid increase in the number of players testing positive for Covid-19 – the Premier League reported over 100 cases following its latest round of testing – has caused further complications with a number of matches having already been postponed over the last fortnight, often at short-notice.

The number of positive Covid cases among Premier League footballers is on the rise (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Klopp, along with his Chelsea counterpart, Thomas Tuchel has urged the Premier League to consider providing managers with the option of making five substitutions in games, as was the case during Project Restart 18 months ago, but those pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Burnley were among those clubs to reject that proposal on the basis that it would reward clubs with stronger squads, much to the annoyance of Klopp.

Asked if he agreed with Tuchel and whether he would be in favour of five substitutions returning, Klopp replied: ‘Yes. So we have to put the competition aside and don’t say, “Well [Manchester] City have better subs than Southampton, we have better subs than Burnley” or whatever.

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‘Yes, that’s probably true – whatever that means exactly, because it’s still the Premier League and they can still cause us problems and all these kinds of things. But if you talk about the quality without playing, just transfer market and all these kinds of things, then yes that is the case.

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‘The problem is, this intensity for top-class football in England is definitely at the edge. So it means a top-class player in England plays 38 games in the Premier League, two cup competitions, so even if you don’t go to the final lets add on another five, so 43 games.

‘They have international games with the national teams, because pretty much all of them play for their national teams, so eight or nine, maybe 10 games a year – so you can count that. Plus Champions League, the further you go the more games it is, so pretty quickly you’re at an area of more than 50 games – or higher. My first season here, the [Europa League] final was the 64th game.

‘Yes, we have squads and can swap, but there are some key players that only get out when they are injured pretty much, so that’s how it is. But now the decision about it [extra subs] is made, and we realised in the manager’s meeting it was like that. The decision is made by 14 clubs, you need 14 votes to change it. And there is something wrong.

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‘As an example, Burnley, I’m not sure how many players of them play international football. When our players have three games, they have no games. So they play 38 Premier League games, cup games – another two, three, four – so that makes it 42.’

Liverpool are back in action this evening against Leicester having had their most recent match against Leeds, which was due to take place on Boxing Day, postponed and former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes the Premier League elite, including Klopp’s side, need to quit their complaining.

He told talkSPORT: ‘I can see why he was trying to get the game moved from the 28th to the 29th to give the players three days recovery. I can understand that a little bit. The following game is on New Year’s Day so you have three days recovery.

‘You’ve just got to get on with it. If nobody is going to change anything then what’s the point of worrying about it?’


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