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The last month of the year will be a very busy one for the former Borussia Dortmund manager and his team. It has now been confirmed that the Reds will face Aston Villa on December 17th, before playing the Club World Cup semi-final a day later.
The 52-year-old is not happy with the decision and congestion. He said: “We have to find solutions. The problems are obvious. Every year we do the same again. Some find it funny – ‘five games in three days – let’s see how it works out’.”
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However, this is the price of success. Winning the Champions League earns you a spot in the Club World Cup, and this is not news to the Merseyside club. They knew this all the way back in June as soon as they lifted the trophy in Madrid.
The more you win, the more you play. Yes, it is inconvenient, but Liverpool just have to get on with it and try and compete for the all the trophies they are competing in. And anyway, some more forward planning could have made this situation an awful lot easier.
In the summer, the Reds spent just £1.71m and brought in only three players – Sepp van den Berg, Harvey Elliot and Adrian – two of which are aged 17 or younger. The latter is nothing other than a back-up goalkeeper to number one Alisson, whilst the former two are nowhere near ready to contribute regularly.
Whilst the exact time of the fixtures would have been unknown a few months ago, there surely must have been some inclination that a fixture congestion would be possible. The Reds are one of the best teams in England: is a League Cup quarter-final really that much of a surprise?
Liverpool should have added more depth to their squad, it is as simple as that.
Yes, the first XI is pretty settled considering the success they had last campaign, but some extra back-up options would not have gone amiss.
As such, they could pay the price before the end of the calendar year is even out.