Jurgen Kloppcoach of Liverpool of the premier leaguesaid that the well-being of soccer players is like climate change: a problem that everyone is aware of but that no one is prepared to face, which is why he has asked soccer’s governing bodies to take action before it’s too late.
The 55-year-old manager expressed his anger at the fact that the world Cup of this year is added to the already hectic agenda of the players, this because the international tournament ends five months before the conclusion of the premier league in May.
In the case of English football, where the German is currently directing, he will stop from November 12 to adjust the calendar to Qatar World Cup 2022 to be held from November 21 to December 18.
Klopp commented the following about the physical impact that soccer extra days will have on the players.
If you get to the final of a World Cup and win or lose it or a match for third place you are already quite busy and then a week later the rest begins […] When I start talking about it, I get really angry. […] It’s like with the weather. We all know that it has to change, but nobody says what we have to do.
Klopp strongly criticized that, in his opinion, authorities such as the FIFA, the Premier League and the English Football Federation they must put aside their own interests and find a way to ease the burden on their players.
There must be a meeting where everyone talks to each other and the only topic must be the most important part of this game: the players […] This World Cup is happening at the wrong time for the wrong reasons.
(With information from Reuters)