Danny Mills says that Liverpool can “moan all they want” about the number of fixtures they are set to play this season and insists that is the price you pay as a successful side.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City and England defender has urged Jurgen Klopp to avoid complaining about the short turnaround between games, the Reds having taken part in the European Super Cup in midweek.
Klopp’s men will have played three games in eight days after their clash against Southampton, with the German boss claiming that it was not right that they should play on Wednesday and Saturday.
Mills says that Liverpool will have known what to expect as soon as they won the Champions League at the end of last season and that this is what they have to face if they want to keep winning trophies.
Mills told Football Insider: “Liverpool can moan all they like about fixture congestion but they’ve known this from the start, they’ve known this for a long time – if you’re a successful team, you play more football matches.
“That’s why you have a big squad, that’s why you spend lots of money. It’s just something they’re going to have cope with. Jurgen Klopp’s saying they’ve only had a couple of days to prepare, well they played last Friday night, had longer to prepare for the Super Cup.
“Sometimes you get more rest, sometimes you get less. Let’s stop going on about it, let’s stop moaning about it.”
Liverpool played 53 competitive games across all competitions last season, which included being knocked out of both the FA Cup and League Cup at the first time of asking.
No player appeared in every match, with Mohamed Salah featuring in all but one of the club’s fixtures.