DOHA – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has appealed for football authorities to rethink the scheduling of their big events, as he prepares for Wednesday's Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar on Wednesday.
Confronted with a League Cup match in Birmingham on Tuesday and then the clash in the Gulf state with Mexican club Monterrey on Wednesday, Klopp has been forced to field a youth team against Aston Villa.
His European champions have flown to Qatar to play in a tournament that holds little prestige in Europe and while the German insists he wants to triumph at the Khalifa International Stadium, he believes FIFA and other bodies need to review the entire football calendar.
"If you had asked me beforehand if I think there should be a Club World Cup in the middle of our season I would say no. But we are here and so it is the most important competition in the world," said Klopp.
The Liverpool boss suggested the tournament, which is scheduled to become a 24-team event in 2021 played in the European summer, could yet rise in status but that FIFA needs to find the right balance.