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Jurgen Klopp joins Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in calling for help

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Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp has accused the Premier League of a lack of leadership as complaints over the competition's scheduling and substitution rules intensified on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Klopp and Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola both hit out at the competition organisers after their sides played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Their remarks came after Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took exception to the scheduling of his side's fixture this weekend. United were asked to play at 12:30 (14:30 SA time) on Saturday having been in action in Turkey in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Both Liverpool and City have been hampered by significant injuries already this season, with the intensity of the revised calendar compounding problems caused by the shortened summer break and a lack of pre-season preparation.

Klopp said: "We played after the international break at 12:30 on Saturday at Everton. Some of my players were coming back from Peru. These kinds of things should not happen.

"I understand the need of television, 100 per cent, but the Premier League needs to fulfil more the position of the unity of the players as well.

"Usually, we all have October, November and then a very tricky December. This year October is like December, November is like December and then December is still like December. The intensity is really difficult.

"It's completely normal we play Saturday – it's the 12:30 that is the killer.

"People might like it and think it's a proper competition then and it gives other teams a chance. The only problem is we injure the players. You cannot keep the players fit like that.

"It's not about us, it's not about United, it's about the fixtures. Wednesday night and 12:30 (on Saturday) should not be allowed.

"Again, we have to talk again about the five subs."

- TEAMtalk media

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