Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his side’s current fixture schedule is “impossible” with the players at his disposal.
Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, and Thiago Alcantara all missed this afternoon’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur due to coronavirus.
Jordan Henderson, the captain, was also absent due to illness, while Harvey Elliott and Nat Phillips were injured, and Klopp believes his squad is now too stretched to play three more times before the end of the year.
“We play now on Wednesday, Sunday, and Tuesday. That is impossible. We do not have the players. We could maybe have another case or two. We have to think about it, we cannot just push it all through,” he told Sky Sports News.
“First of all take away the second semi-final of the Carabao Cup. Just play once, wherever you play it I don’t care. The 26th and 28th of December is really not possible. We would prefer to play but we need some help. If we carry on we cannot carry on as usual.
“If we don’t play anymore and have a break I am fine. But I know the problem. When do you want to play the games? It is not that easy to fit them in. We said before coronavirus that it was a bit busy and now it gives us a proper punch.”
The Premier League will meet on Monday to discuss the deteriorating coronavirus situation in England, after being forced to postpone six of the weekend’s ten matches.