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  • David Tyrer

Champions League final in June p*sses Carragher off

The former Reds defender Jamie Carragher has discussed the upcoming Champions League final with the Anfield Wrap this week and he's not happy with when the game is being played.

The Liverpool legend was, like many of us, was a bit unsure why the final was taking place three whole weeks after the final game of the Premier League season.

Carragher said: "It’s a weird one really.

"You normally go away and that’s what Liverpool have done going to Marbella.

"No-one’s been able to give me a reason why the Champions League is three weeks after the league campaign.

"It’s normally two weeks, where you have the FA Cup then the week after is the Champions League.

"That’s not too bad, so I do feel for the players, that extra week. I can only think it’s the FA thinking, ‘Oh we’ll do this to help England in the Nations League’.

"But it’s actually backfired, if that is the reason, in that two English teams are there. If two English teams weren’t there there would obviously be a longer break leading up to the Nations League.

"That’s p***ed me off a little bit that to be honest. I think it probably helps Spurs more than us, I would say."

Of course, it's a subject of discussion for LFC fans most days, in the run up to the final: will Harry Kane be fit and it's something Carragher hints at, as he continues: "I think they’ve got bigger injury problems than us, certainly with Harry Kane, Harry Winks, other little knocks they had towards the end of the season. It gives you an extra week to be fit.

"I think we’re in much better form than Tottenham in 2019 and a longer break will not help that, really, in some ways.

"You do worry because you lose a bit of that rhythm that Liverpool have had the way they’ve been playing.

"I don’t think Tottenham are in great form. I know they got through and it’s unbelievable what they’ve done, I love Pochettino, but they’re not in great form so a longer break will help them forget the bad form and focus on this one game."




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