EPL: Klopp wants Liver­pool’s Christ­mas Eve clash scrapped

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Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has called on tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ers to ditch their re­ported plan to move his club’s clash with Arse­nal to Christ­mas Eve.

It has been sug­gested Sky chiefs are keen for Liver­pool’s trip to the Emi­rates Sta­dium to be put back a day and have al­ready made both clubs aware they want them to con­sider the prospect.

Klopp ac­cepts the bil­lions of pounds clubs are paid by the TV com­pany mean they can have few com­plaints when is­sues like this arise, but he does not be­lieve sched­ul­ing the match for the day be­fore Christ­mas would make it at­trac­tive to fans.

“I can­not imag­ine that any­one wants to watch football on that night,” Klopp said.

“I re­ally think it is no prob­lem for peo­ple to be very con­cen­trated on important nights on some­thing other than football.

“If the sup­port­ers want to see a game on Christ­mas Eve then prob­a­bly the TV broad­caster will find a way to de­liver it and ob­vi­ously they’ve found a way al­ready. I didn’t know be­fore the date was pos­si­ble but now I know it is pos­si­ble.”

Pep Guardi­ola has no prob­lem with Ser­gio Aguero spend­ing a day off in Am­s­ter­dam after the Manch­ester City striker was in­jured in a car crash there on Thurs­day.

Aguero is un­der­stood to have bro­ken a rib after be­ing in­volved in a road ac­ci­dent while vis­it­ing the Dutch city for a mu­sic con­cert.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at around when Aguero was trav­el­ling back to an air­port in a taxi after at­tend­ing the gig, per­formed by Colom­bian singer/song­writer Maluma.

Guardi­ola said: “I think days off are to be happy. I want the play­ers to be happy. Al­ways I am a man­ager who doesn’t like to train ev­ery day. I think the play­ers have to rest men­tally and phys­i­cally. They can en­joy their lives. I want my play­ers to have fun. If they de­cide to go there, they de­cide to go there. It is okay for me.” Aguero is un­der­stood to have been hurt when the taxi came off the road and hit a post. He was treated in hos­pi­tal and was due to ar­rive back in Manch­ester for fur­ther assess­ment by club med­i­cal staff on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Guardi­ola said: “He can­not play (against Chelsea) and the in­ter­na­tional break — maybe he was se­lected for Ar­gentina but he can­not go there. We will see. I don’t know the answers. The first im­pres­sion we have is that he has a bro­ken rib but exactly how many days he will be off, I don’t know right now.”

Liver­pool boss Jur­gen Klopp

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