Jurgen Klopp believes the Premier League’s start date “doesn’t make sense” and could have a negative impact on his Liverpool squad.
Klopp and Liverpool’s season will begin on Sunday in a Community Shield clash with rivals Manchester City at Wembley. Both teams will likely be desperate to win as it could have a telling effect on their upcoming title battle.
The Reds will then return to Anfield for their Premier League opener against newcomers Norwich City on Friday. Five days later, though, they will be in Istanbul for a UEFA Super Cup meeting with Chelsea.
But what’s really caught Klopp’s interest is the Premier League’s start next weekend. In comparison, the Bundesliga starts on August 16 with La Liga starting a day later. The Serie A, on the other hand, will begin on August 24.
“I don’t know why we start that early,” said Klopp, according to ESPN.
“I spoke to [Napoli manager] Carlo Ancelotti,” Klopp added. “Italy has 20 teams as well [like the Premier League] and starts its season on Aug. 24.
“Kalidou Koulibaly played with Sadio [Mane] at the African Cup of Nations. He has four weeks’ holiday and is not even close to coming back.
“I don’t know why we start that early. The Premier League is such a wonderful product. It doesn’t make sense.”
Klopp added: “I love football. From my point of view we can play each week but somebody has to think about the players and nobody is doing it.
“From time to time I start a discussion but then it’s like ‘he’s looking for excuses.’ I don’t, especially not for me, but we have to think about these things and nobody, especially in England, is thinking about it.
“The clubs want us to go on tours. With who? We can’t go alone. These are the situations.”