Jurgen Klopp has criticized the football calendar citing that it makes it hard for successful clubs like Liverpool towards the end of the season. Liverpool won the Carabao Cup and are in contention for the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League. They beat Arsenal 2-0 last weekend to bring down the gap to Manchester City to one point. Liverpool is set to face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup before taking on Benfica in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
“The only way I can do is really be focused on the next game, I just have not enough space to think about different stuff [quadruple] and I don’t have to,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said. “And somebody told me we could play 18 games or whatever [from now on, if Liverpool wins quadruple]. I have no idea where you want to fit them all in. To be honest, I don’t know. What, it’s May 22, and a week later it would be the Champions League final.”
“Where are they all [18 games]? The FA Cup final would be the week before the Champions League final. No, the week before the season final,” he added. “So it means that game must be rearranged as well. The calendar is not made for a lot of success for the same team, maybe fair. So because at one point, you have to make [a decision]… Or we focus on that, or we focus on that or whatever. If we take only a little bit off the gas… not even fully, just a little bit – gone. Three competitions, ‘See you later, no chance. If we just go in that direction thinking, ‘That’s a little bit of a relief’ [the FA Cup] that would be a problem. Yes, they are a Championship side but one in a really good moment.”