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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United fixture complaints

Jurgen Klopp backed Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Pictures: Sky Sports)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after he claimed Manchester United were ‘set up to fail’ due to fixture congestion.

Solskjaer’s Red Devils travelled to Turkey to face Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night, before taking on Premier League rivals Everton in the 12:30 kick-off on Saturday.

Following Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Goodison Park, a fuming Solskjaer said: ‘The kick-off time set us up to fail.

‘We have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles.’

Responding to Solskjaer’s comments, Liverpool boss Klopp said: ‘I have spoken to the Premier League. No team on a Wednesday night should have the 12:30 kick-off on Saturday.

‘Okay Sunday no problem, not the 12:30 because you wake up and play football. This is the recovery phase. Premier League has to change, Sky, BT everyone has to talk to each other.

‘We had after the triple header in the international break we played 12:30. The boys played Wednesday night in Peru, that is not possible.’

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