I hope my players are hungry…for success! – Klopp critical of kick-off time

first_imgManager Jurgen Klopp has pledged to fight Liverpool’s corner in any future issues with kick-off times after admitting he could not believe Sunday’s match at Swansea starts at noon.The team returned home from Spain at 4am on Friday after the 1-0 Europa League semi-final defeat to Villarreal with their Premier League game in south Wales scheduled to kick off just 56 hours later.Klopp made jokes about the English liking their Sunday lunch but he is less than impressed with the amount of time he has to prepare and any such repetition is likely to see him step in during negotiations over when games are moved to.“Sunday at 12 o’clock, I can’t believe that,” said the German.“I think no one in this room thinks it is usual after the games we’ve had that we should start at 12.“We could have started at two or four, so four hours more and that sounds absolutely okay.“A few years ago with Dortmund we played at Athens and they cancelled their game so they could beat Dortmund in the Champions League.“I am not sure who made the decision about letting us play at 12 but we can’t change it.“I don’t want to make headlines. I don’t want to come from Germany and tell people how it works or how it is. Maybe for a few people it is funny but it is not really funny.“Maybe it was my fault, I have no idea if I could jump in or not but I could not imagine before that something like this could happen.“I am seven months here so if there is an opportunity for me to fight for something like this then you can be sure I will do it.“It is Sunday, all English people will have lunch and we play football.“At 12 o’clock I am usually hungry. If my players are hungry tomorrow too it is good for the game. Hungry for success.” 1 Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travel to Swansea at the weekend last_img read more