By Keith Hackett

21st Jun, 2022 | 7:00am

Ex-Fifa official: Liverpool exposed to injury danger as Jurgen Klopp wish granted

Liverpool players who go to the World Cup will still face a high risk of getting injured when they return to the Premier League even though they do not have a fixture on 28 December.

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Premier League released their fixtures for the 2022-23 season.

They confirmed last week (16 June) that games will resume on 26 December with Liverpool travelling to Aston Villa – just eight days after the World Cup final in Qatar.

The fixture between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day has been scrapped to help with the hectic schedule.

As per the Mirror, Jurgen Klopp said last year (22 December) that the fixture on 28 December was a “joke” and “dangerous” for his players.

“What we are going to get is players coming back from the World Cup injured and fatigued,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Then we’ve got a climate change for them. With it, this is more about the surface change as well. I suspect that some of the grounds at the World Cup will be a bit hard.

“It’s just that exchange. It’s a small number of players but these should be the best players within each club that plays at the World Cup.”

Key Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz and Andy Robertson will not be at the World Cup as Egpyt, Columbia and Scotland all failed to qualify.

The likes of Darwin Nunez, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Thiago and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all set to represent their countries in Qatar.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has issued a Liverpool ‘bidding war’ claim as a £130million-a-year deal is agreed.