‘Angry’ Klopp blasts fixture schedule after CL draw

Date published: Friday 16th March 2018 1:40

Jurgen Klopp is “already angry” at the havoc created by the Champions League quarter-finals.

Liverpool face Manchester City in the last eight of the Champions League, but Klopp has been left dissatisfied at changes to their fixture schedule.

The first leg of the tie falls on Wednesday, April 4, with the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, April 10.

The Merseyside derby against Everton falls in between, and was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 8 at 2.15.

But Klopp revealed at his press conference on Friday that it had been moved to Saturday lunchtime.

“I didn’t expect anything,” he said. “It’s cool in the Champions League if you play against a team from your own country.

“It’s an absolute dream draw… for all Manchester United fans!”

City director of football Txiki Begiristain did not sound too pleased with the draw, which Klopp also noticed.

“I saw Begiristain’s face after the draw and he didn’t look like it was Christmas,” he said.

“There will be a point where I’m looking forward to that game. But I’m already angry as the Everton game has been moved to 12.30 on Saturday.

“Now it’s City on Wednesday night and Everton on Saturday morning. I only heard it a second ago. Not too cool.

“We play at 7.45 on Wednesday night and 12.45 on Saturday. The other team plays at 5.30. Can you imagine how big the difference is? It means the world.

“Put the Everton game on at a normal time – not at breakfast.

“I know countries where they cancel fixtures ahead of the Champions League.”

“Whoever made the schedule and had us playing on the Sunday thought Liverpool weren’t going through.

“Then oops, Liverpool are through.”

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