Jurgen Klopp claims 'no one wants to hear' his complaints over the early kick-off slot ahead of Liverpool's lunchtime clash with Man City, before he jokes: 'I love playing at 12:30'
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Jurgen Klopp claims 'no one wants to hear' his complaints over the early kick-off slot ahead of Liverpool's lunchtime clash with Man City, before he jokes: 'I love playing at 12:30'

Jan 20, 2024
  • Jurgen Klopp has long been critical of playing in the 12:30 lunchtime TV slot
  • Liverpool are facing Man City in a crunch Premier League clash at that time 
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Jurgen Klopp has insisted no one is interested in his complaints about being selected for TV coverage in the early kick off slot.

The Liverpool boss has long bemoaned the 12:30PM timing of matches, with the Reds set to meet Man City in a crunch Premier League clash tomorrow lunchtime.

In fact, during his eight years at Anfield, the Reds have won 19, drawn 13 and lost seven of the 39 early kick-offs they have been involved in, something that is much worse than their general record under Klopp.

And Klopp claimed he was getting nowhere with his protests before he made light of the situation.

‘My English is not good enough to make sure you understand it so why should I waste mine or your time explaining it. 

Jurgen Klopp joked he loved playing at 12:30PM after being criticised for his complaints

Jurgen Klopp joked he loved playing at 12:30PM after being criticised for his complaints

The Liverpool boss has long bemoaned the challenges of kicking off on Saturday lunchtime

The Liverpool boss has long bemoaned the challenges of kicking off on Saturday lunchtime

‘Thomas Tuchel had an interesting explanation. He was completely calm about why it is so difficult to be a high quality footballer.

‘And a German newspaper said Tuchel had a rant and if that’s a rant I thought, what is a rant?

‘He was completely calm. So try and get a translation and you know the schedule, they have lesser games in Germany than in England. 

‘No one wants to hear my explanation. What I say, but it’s that much different. I’m already tired of that.

He then quipped: ‘I love playing at 12:30, that’s my new thing.’ 

The biggest challenge for Klopp and fellow Premier League managers is facing the early kick-off time after the international break, with several of Liverpool’s players having flown back from representing their countries in South America on Wednesday.

Klopp referenced Thomas Tuchel, with Bayern Munich back in league action on Friday night

Klopp referenced Thomas Tuchel, with Bayern Munich back in league action on Friday night

The German said no one wanted to hear his complaints so he would no longer go on about it

The German said no one wanted to hear his complaints so he would no longer go on about it

This includes Uruguay’s Darwin Nunez and Colombia’s Luis Diaz where they would have also been operating on different time zones.

In spite of Klopp’s supposed dislike of the 12:30 kick off, Liverpool have won both of their previous games in that time slot this season. 

They beat Wolves 3-1 in September, although the Reds did have to come from a goal behind after a sluggish first half, before they defeated Everton 2-0 last month.  

In reference to Tuchel’s complaints, Bayern Munich return to action even earlier than the Reds when they face FC Koln at 7:30PM on Friday night, just three days after the German national team played. 

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