Liverpool boss will look into switching date of New Year trip to Sunderland

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watches his side take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Ligfht in last year's festive fixture. Picture by Frank Reid
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watches his side take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Ligfht in last year's festive fixture. Picture by Frank Reid
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has voiced his frustration at changes to the fixture schedule which he believes have put unnecessary demands on his side.

And the German will ask to move the scheduled New Year visit to the Stadium of Light.

The home match against Manchester City has been moved back to a 5.30pm kick-off on New Year’s Eve ahead of a trip to Sunderland at 3pm on Monday, January 2, leaving them less than 48 hours between the two.

“Now I have seen the fixtures and I am not too happy,” said Klopp.

“We have less than 48 hours between our game against Man City on December 31 and in Sunderland on the 2nd.

“Forty-eight hours is an interesting idea, but less than 48 hours I cannot believe.

“I learn more and more about this league and maybe I have to ask someone if we can ask if there will be another time for us at Sunderland.

“Our job is to do everything we can to win games. I understand tradition – I would never say Boxing Day is not a good idea as I love it and I have absolutely no problem (playing then).

“But now having a match day with two days between, there should be another possibility.

“I don’t know why we play Monday. Is January 2 a special day in England?”

Klopp is concerned the lack of time between the two matches leaves his side little time for recovery and he is already pre-empting the questions which he expects to field in two months’ time. He added: “How do you prepare a team for this. Do you say ‘only 50 per cent against City because we have Sunderland on Monday’.

Meanwhile, Liverpool may miss Adam Lallana (groin) for Monday night’s Anfield clash with Manchester United.

Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are fit to return for United. Phil Jones (knee) is their only definite absentee.