Liverpool’s upcoming clash with Manchester City on November 25, featuring the Premier League’s top two teams, has been rescheduled for a 12.30pm kick-off, much to the dismay of Jürgen Klopp. Originally slated for a 5.30pm kick-off, the change was prompted by safety concerns following past incidents involving fans from both clubs.
Klopp expressed his frustration with the scheduling decision, questioning the sensibilities of those responsible, stating they “cannot feel football.” The Liverpool manager emphasized that such a high-profile encounter between two teams boasting numerous international players should be treated with greater consideration.
He pointed out that the South American players from both sides would return on the same plane after international duty, highlighting the challenges of ensuring readiness for the early Saturday kickoff.
Despite the scheduling controversy, Klopp’s Liverpool is in fine form this season, currently occupying second place in the Premier League. The team’s recent 3-0 victory against Brentford showcased their strengths, with Mohamed Salah’s brace contributing to their success. Klopp believes there is still room for improvement from his squad and emphasized the importance of maintaining their performance in the demanding Premier League.
Liverpool’s manager also noted that it’s essential to remain competitive with other top teams until March or April before discussing the title race, given the unpredictable nature of the league. He expressed readiness to face the challenges ahead, including potentially playing on Saturday at 12.30pm, if required by the Premier League schedule.