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Premier League: Jurgen Klopp compares busy schedule to climate change

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The Premier League schedule will be tighter than usual due to the upcoming Qatar World Cup.

Jurgen Klopp has criticized the timing of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which interrupts the European league campaigns.

During the Qatar tournament, Premier League games will not take place, meaning the league’s schedule will be busier on both sides of the competition.

“I was not angry at all before I came in, but when we start talking about it, I really get angry,” Klopp said.

“My problem is that as much as everybody knows it’s not right, nobody talks often enough about it that it will be changed.

“You can’t have top-class players and constantly watch them, [and think] ‘Oh my god, how they’re great’. It just doesn’t work.

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“It’s like with the climate. We all know we have to change, but nobody’s saying, ‘What do we have to do?'”

Klopp believes cooperation between football’s national and global governing bodies must ensure players’ safety. 

An increased risk of injury often accompanies tightly scheduled seasons, something that Klopp believes needs more attention.

He added: “Why we wouldn’t talk about that and do it properly, and say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, FIFA, UEFA, Premier League and FA, please start talking to each other’.

“There must be one meeting where they all sit together, and the only subtext should be the most important part of this game – the players – and that didn’t happen yet.

“This World Cup happens at the wrong moment for the wrong reasons, but everything is fine.”