Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp fears his squad
could suffer from burnout if the football season schedule does not change.
The Reds won the Champions League in Madrid meaning they
played their final match on June 1 before a lot of the squad headed off on
Six players were part of England and Holland's squads for
the Nations League, while Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita headed to
the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Alisson and Roberto Firmino were at the Copa America with
Brazil and are not due back into Liverpool training until next week along with
Mane, meanwhile, will not be back until after the Community
Shield and Klopp is concerned about his players suffering burnout because of
the fixture schedule.
"We sit here, and it sounds like I am having a moan or
whatever. It is just the situation, in the long-term, is not acceptable,"
Klopp said in quotes via the Daily Star.
"For here (on pre-season) it is not a problem. We have
all the boys here, apart from the three up front and Ali.
"It’s not like after three days you can say to them
'Hey! Come on! Let's start running again!'. They have had a tough summer
"It’s football. It’s not riding a bike, so you lose a
little bit (of rhythm). It will all come back but it will be a tough start.
"In the future, we have to change that. We have to
change it. It is not possible (to continue)."