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Liverpool boss expresses frustration with fixture congestion

He was in fairly good spirits over the past week, whenever the subject of the fixture congestion was broached, but it's clear that he really isn't happy about the sheer amount of games Liverpool have to play in such a congested fixture list in the coming months.

Liverpool will face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup at Villa Park on the 17th December, and then a Clup World Cup on the 18th December in Qatar, leaving the Reds boss to field two completely different squads in a 24 hours period.

It is something that the club, the EFL and Villa have all assented to but Jurgen Klopp has warned that the fixture congestion just cannot carry on in the way it's been going.

Speaking following our match with Genk, he said: "We have to find solutions, the problems are obvious.

"Every year we do the same again. Some find it funny - 'five games in three days - let's see how it works out'."

Man City manager Guardiola has also voiced his concerns earlier this season over the fixture scheduling in December and early January, and agreed with Klopp's sentiments a few weeks ago.

From the point of view of the fans, it'll be interesting to see what sort of a side Klopp fields in both competitions, with the FIFA competitions in Qatar likely being far more important to FSG.

He continued: "We respect the competitions. It sounds like we don't want to play in the Carabao Cup, but that's not true. What I don't like about the Carabao Cup is two legs in the semi-final.

"The Club World Cup you play in only if you win the Champions League. That doesn't happen in your life five million times, and that means we take the opportunity.

"Is it the best time of the year? No. It's pretty busy. But we're going there. We try to play all the games we have with all what we have."

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