Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has questioned the Premier League’s start date while highlighting the effect it could bring to his players.
The Champions League holders will take on Manchester City in the Community Shield this Sunday and the Reds have a chance of bagging an unmatched amount of silverware this season as they take part in seven competitions.
Following a report from FIFPro that health of some top players is ‘at risk’ while recommending ‘mandatory offseason breaks of four weeks,’ Klopp was keen to highlight on the workload. Liverpool has seen a number of players feature for their nations in the summer. Sadio Mane represented his county Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations last month while goalkeeper Alisson helped Brazil win the Copa America.
"I spoke to [Napoli manager] Carlo Ancelotti. Italy has 20 teams as well [like the Premier League] and starts its season on Aug. 24,” said Klopp.
"Kalidou Koulibaly played with Sadio at the African Cup of Nations. He has four weeks' holiday and is not even close to coming back. I don't know why we start that early. The Premier League is such a wonderful product. It doesn't make sense.”
"I love football. From my point of view, we can play each week but somebody has to think about the players and nobody is doing it. From time to time I start a discussion but then it's like 'he's looking for excuses.' I don't, especially not for me, but we have to think about these things and nobody, especially in England, is thinking about it.
"The clubs want us to go on tours. With who? We can't go alone. These are the situations.”
After the PL curtain-raiser, Klopp’s men will be up against Norwich on Friday before facing Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup five days later on 14th August.