Klopp describes Christmas fixture schedule as ‘criminal’

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lambasted the Christmas fixture schedule as criminal even though his side are not the worst affected. 

Liverpool will face second placed Leicester City on Wednesday night before hosting Wolverhampton on Sunday, December 29. 

However, many other teams have 2 matches in 3 days and the German mentor believes the powers-that-be have got it all wrong. 

“None of us managers have a problem with Boxing Day [fixtures], none of us. But playing on the 26th and 28th is a crime. It is absolutely not OK and we still have it. This year we don’t have it, we have the 26th and the 29th and it is like a holiday. I understand all the others who are, not moaning, but who are telling that it just should not happen. Not for the spectacle, not for anything” said Klopp on the Liverpool website.  

The full Premier League Fixture list on Wednesday:   

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion14:30 

Sheffield United v Watford 17:00 

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal 17:00 

Everton v Burnley 17:00 

Chelsea v Southampton 17:00 

Crystal Palace v West Ham United 17:00 

Aston Villa v Norwich City 17:00 

Manchester United v Newcastle United 19:30 

Leicester City v Liverpool 22:00 

By Ofhani Munyai  

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