By Keith Hackett

2nd Aug, 2022 | 12:03pm

Ex-Fifa official: 'Big' Premier League change is needed after Liverpool reveal

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should call for the Premier League to be reduced to 18 teams rather than complain about the Community Shield.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a possible “big” radical change that could help ease the fixture schedule.

As quoted by BBC Sport last week (29 July), Klopp urged the FA to find another date for the Community Shield as it had ended Liverpool’s pre-season prematurely.

He also suggested allowing the teams that compete in the competition to skip a round of a cup competition as they do in Germany.

“I understand his comments,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“But at the same time, he knows he’s operating in an English competition where history continues to play a part.

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“The real question he should be asking is, I think the Premier League with 20 teams is two teams too many. That’s the bigger question and I know it’s a difficult one to answer.

“I have no doubts if you look at a successful team like Man City or Liverpool, the number of games they’ve got to play is considerable.

“Against that argument, the Premier League will say ‘They’ve got stronger squads, it’s down to the manager to make them play’.

“The ultimate decision here is the league should be reduced to 18 teams.

“The first competitive game of the season is always the Community Shield. On this occasion, it was at Leicester rather than Wembley because of the Women’s Euros final which took a bit of edge off it and reduced the number of supporters.

“There’s no question, it’s a crowded season.”

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