By Alex McLeish

17th Sep, 2022 | 7:00am

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Alex McLeish has admitted he can understand why Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has “shot down” the idea of a Premier League ‘north v south all-star game’.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and Scotland manager claimed players are at “breaking point” and cannot afford the schedule to become any more congested.

As quoted by Sky Sports on Wednesday (14 September), Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly suggested an All-Star game between players from northern and southern clubs could raise vital funds for the rest of the pyramid.

Klopp was baffled by the suggestion and told Boehly to give him a date when the game could be played.

Liverpool’s already-packed schedule was made worse after their game with Chelsea set to be played on Sunday (18 September) was postponed.

“When you’ve got to cram them in and players are out on their feet, that’s a task and a half,” McLeish told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“Already Jurgen Klopp was shooting down Todd Boehly’s suggestion of a North v South charity game.

“I read the whole statement and it was something a wee bit different from the way that people jumped on it.

“There was talk of abandoning the Community Shield to do this game and make millions and share it with the other divisions. It’s a hell of a gesture.

“Klopp dismissed it and you can see why. Along with the Community Sheild, it’s a bridge too far. The players are already at breaking point with the games already crammed in.

“It’s unlike Andy Robertson to be out injured but a lot of them are reaching the red zone already. There’s now internationals to come.”

In other news, a medical insider has issued a “big” Robertson claim as his Liverpool return date is revealed.