Date published: Friday 10th May 2019 11:49
Jurgen Klopp has criticised UEFA for their planning after two English teams reached the Champions League final, due to be played just five days before the national team’s involvement in the Nations League.
His side will face Tottenham in Madrid on June 1, with Gareth Southgate’s team set to play Holland in Portugal on June 6.
“We play the Champions League final on June 1 and then on June 6 there is a wonderful tournament called the Nations League,” he said.
“Everyone looked at me when I said it was not such a good idea and now ‘Whoops’, it’s a surprise two English teams are in the Champions League final.
“If you don’t learn to deal with our players in a better way competition-wise then it is the only chance to kill this wonderful game because without the players it is not a good one.
“It’s not Gareth’s fault but planning something like this and being surprised two top teams are in the Champions League final and a lot of players in these teams are involved in the Nations League – that is interesting planning.
“If we planned like this we would be completely surprised every weekend that there is another Premier League game. Thank God we are not.”
Klopp, who will be without Roberto Firmino against Wolves,also questioned the decision to host the Europa League final in Baku in Azerbaijan, a 3,000-mile trip for Arsenal and Chelsea.
“Last year we went to Kiev (for the Champions League final), which is a wonderful city but that a Russian team or a team from that part of the world will be involved is not really likely.
“Baku I have no clue how to get there if there is a direct flight at all.
“These decisions must be much more sensible, much more reasonable. It looks irresponsible. I don’t know how they do it.”
The Liverpool manager also sympathised with fans, adding: “Travel agencies and hotels are not silly.
“It is difficult. I think with Madrid, even though it is unbelievably expensive, at least it is not another part of the world.
“I sympathise a lot with that of course.”