Klopp urges FIFA to resched­ule Club World Cup

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Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has urged the world foot­ball gov­ern­ing body, FIFA, to resched­ule the Club world Cup to ease the bur­den it put on par­tic­i­pat­ing teams.

The 52-year-old ad­mit­ted that his sug­ges­tion may not be ac­cept­able to FIFA but said putting the tour­na­ment mid-way through the season cre­ates chaos.

Liver­pool were forced to form two sep­a­rate teams to en­able them par­tic­i­pate in the 2019 Club world Cup hosted in Qatar and also par­tic­i­pate in the Carabao Cup back in england.

The two games are both sched­uled to be staged in a space of 24 hours.

“From the or­gan­i­sa­tion points of view they have to get around the ta­ble and talk, be­cause oth­er­wise FIFA say we’ll have a tour­na­ment, and UEFA say so will we, and then South Amer­ica too,” Klopp said.

“And they all think their tour­na­ment is most im­por­tant. So it’s not so easy. In the sum­mer, yes, it is nice. But you can­not then have all the other tour­na­ments. You can­not just add on tour­na­ments. They won’t like this but it is my opin­ion and I think all day about foot­ball.”

Liver­pool ar­rived in doha on Sun­day, just hours af­ter their win over wat­ford in the Premier League.

The Mersey­side club is sched­uled to play Mex­i­can side Mon­ter­rey on wed­nes­day 18 de­cem­ber in the semi-fi­nal stage. A win for ei­ther side will book them a fi­nal date aginst the win­ner of the sec­ond semi-fi­nal game pit­ting Fla­mengo against Al-hi­lal.

Liver­pool has never won the Club world Cup, so they will be look­ing to lift the tro­phy for the first time ever.

“we don’t see our­selves as favourites or what­ever, we see our­selves as the chal­lengers. It would be the first time for the club to win the Club world Cup.” Klopp said.

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