COVID-19 vaccine

Jurgen Klopp reiterated his call for footballers and the general public to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but is not convinced that suspending all Premier League games is the best solution to the growing problem.

Prior to Liverpool’s win over Newcastle, the manager urged those who had not been vaccinated to do so in his program notes.

He wrote: “I won’t apologize for the view I hold on the vaccination, no matter how unpopular it might make me in certain sections of society. I’m the same privately as I am publicly on this.

“If I come across friends or people I care about in my life away from football and they tell me they haven’t had a jab yet, I do my best to encourage them to listen to experts.

“Ignore those who pretend to know. Ignore lies and misinformation. Listen to people who know best. If you do that, you end up wanting the vaccine and the booster.”

Liverpool’s 3-1 victory was one of the Premier League’s midweek fixtures to survive the spread of the Omicron variant, with an increasing number of matches being postponed due to squad outbreaks.

By Friday morning, the Premier League had canceled five matches this weekend, while the Championship, League One, and League Two had postponed 14.

While Liverpool’s game proceeded normally, Klopp was unable to call upon players such as Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, and Curtis Jones, who are suspected of testing positive, for the Anfield clash.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank believes clubs need a circuit breaker season suspension to regain control of the situation, with the Bees boss suggesting all Premier League action should be postponed until after Christmas.

However, Klopp is not convinced that is the best course of action.

The Liverpool boss told talkSPORT: “I saw Everton’s line-up [against Chelsea] and didn’t know three or four of their players so they obviously have massive problems there. They played and got a point so big respect there.

“We all try to play the games but not everything is in our hands so we just have to respect the decisions other people make. As long as we’re told differently we will try everything to play all the games.

“I heard Thomas Frank and I get his point but where I’m unsure if it’s the right thing to do is where we come back in two weeks the world won’t change.

“The training grounds may be a bit cleaner than they are now but we clean the training grounds every night so that shouldn’t be the issue.

“If it’s the solution I’m fully in favour but I just don’t see this as the solution.”

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