Jurgen Klopp has revealed he won’t manage Liverpool against Shrewsbury in their FA Cup Fourth Round replay. The German boss has been very outspoken about the troubles the English calendar creates for him and his team, and this time he looks set to do something about it.
This game is scheduled for the first week of February which is in the Premier League's new mid-season break.
The Reds haven’t had a good campaign when it comes to domestic cups. First, they had to play a very young team against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final due to requirements to play in the Club World Cup two days later, Liverpool are looking at yet another scheduling problem for them.
Now, after Shrewsbury got a dramatic 2-2 draw against Liverpool in the FA Cup Fourth Round, the replays are set for the first week of February, either the 4th or 5th of February.
However, the new Premier League mid-season break is set to take place from the 2nd of February to the 16th of February. This comes after plenty of criticism over the lack of breaks in England took the league to make a few changes in their calendar.
Speaking about the schedule issue, Klopp was angry about it, hoping for a break for his already fatigued players. This game will be Liverpool's 41st game of the Season; they average a game every five days and a game just under every four days for the past two months.
"We will not be there and it will be the kids. I know that is not very popular... The Premier League asked us to respect the winter break, and that is what we will do."
"We have to respect the players' welfare... They need a rest, a mental rest and physical rest. That is what the winter break is about… We had to make these decisions before because players have families."
Even though some have stated this is disrespectful for the league and it’s something that goes against the show, Klopp is firm in his position. Liverpool are having a terrific season this one with their impressive record of 22 victories and one draw in 23 games.
That’s the biggest goal of the Reds this season, and a loss in the FA Cup won’t crush their plans for this campaign.