Expert tells 'boring' Klopp to 'put up and shut up' after Liverpool jibe in last 24 hours
It is time for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to “put up and shut up” when it comes to his relentless complaints about the fixture programme.
So says medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Klopp has criticised the Premier League constitution which requires the blessing of 14 clubs before any rule change is introduced.
The German is a proponent of the reintroduction of the five-substitutes rule, which he sees as a tonic for the current hectic match schedule.
Per The Sun yesterday (27 December), Klopp lamented the fact that sides like “Burnley” are allowed a vote despite having fewer international stars.
But Dinnery rubbished the 54-year-old’s suggestion that less glamorous sides somehow have a structural advantage over the likes of Liverpool.
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“It’s time to put up and shut up,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“We have the same conversations year on year around this time about the schedule. They have signed up and agreed. None of this is anything new.
“Just because the likes of Burnley don’t have as many players away on international duty, doesn’t mean they aren’t hampered in other ways.
“They haven’t got the squad depth or the financial resources of Liverpool. The two can’t even be compared in that respect.
“If you know your club is fighting on three or four fronts with an Africa Cup of Nations coming up, plan accordingly.
“It isn’t as though this is some bombshell that has been dropped at the last minute.
“If Klopp is serious about this, go and do something. Talking about it isn’t going to change anything.
“Burnley are entitled to have a say. It’s all about self-preservation.
“Klopp, his assistant and Jordan Henderson are all singing from the same hymn sheet. It’s getting boring now.“
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson told BBC Sport last Wednesday (22 December) that he is concerned “nobody takes player welfare seriously”.
With just four confirmed absentees, Liverpool currently have the joint-shortest injury list in the Premier League.