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Premier League should do more to help English teams in Europe - Klopp

15:33 SAST 2019/04/20
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool
The Reds boss believes top-flight could do more to aid their clubs on the continent, as the Dutch authorities have done for Ajax

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on the Premier League to help English teams in European competitions.

The German coach was responding to the Dutch football association, the KNVB, postponing the final round of Eredivisie fixtures for two and a half weeks to avoid fixture congestion for league leaders Ajax ahead of their Champions League semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur.

In contrast, Liverpool must play vital games in the Premier League run in before their own semi-final with Barcelona.

Klopp expressed surprise over the scale of the delay in the Eredivisie.

“The Dutch league had a problem because for the last two match days, everyone plays at the same time,” Klopp told a press conference.

“We would have thought they’d change [the Dutch fixtures] to the Saturday but they didn’t do that, I don’t know why.

“Would something like that happen in England? No, I don’t think it would happen here or in Germany, to be 100 per cent honest.

“I think the Premier League should support teams. We now have four teams in the semi-finals in Europe and that is a big number.”

Chelsea and Arsenal are in the semi-finals of the Europa League, joining Liverpool and Spurs in the last four of European competition.

Klopp said that the television deal for the Premier League made it difficult for the governing body to move the schedule as they have in the Netherlands.

“Can they do it? I don’t know. We all signed a big contract with the TV stations. On the one side we want the money and on the other side it is not always working out.

“If it is possible then everyone should help. It is a busy schedule over the year. It would be important if we could play Newcastle in the late game on the Saturday and not 1230 [UK time].

“What Holland is doing, I don’t think it is possible in all countries. If the whole world is watching you and you have signed these massive contracts then I don’t know if it is possible. It would be nice if it was possible and they would do it.”

Before they play Barcelona, Liverpool face two crucial Premier League games in their bid to win a first top-flight title since 1990.

Klopp said that his team's focus was firmly on those games, despite the media spotlight being trained on the matchup with Barcelona.

“A lot of people at the moment, when they think about Liverpool, they immediately think about Barcelona. But before Barcelona it’s Cardiff and Huddersfield, and that’s of exactly the same importance as the other game after that.”