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ESPN pundit and Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has claimed that Jurgen Klopp is angry about the wrong thing after his remarkable rant about fixture congestion where he hit out at Sky Sports and BT.

The manager was far from happy that his side had to play two games in a short space of time due to the broadcasters moving the matches, but Nicol believes that his gripe should be with the international break.

The Scot said that the three or four hours extra rest would have made very little difference, while the two weeks during the international break was a bigger issue.

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“You can’t argue about having three or four hours more rest, that doesn’t make any sense, in any case it should be the clubs doing the arguing, not the managers,” The pundit told ESPN.

Nicol went on to say that Klopp is fighting the wrong battle.

“It’s never going to change, but if you’re going to argue, argue about something that should’ve happened.

“In my opinion, what should have happened is the international fixtures should have been scrapped, sending players across the world in the middle of a worldwide pandemic is absolute madness.”

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To be fair, Nicol has a point.

Fixture congestion around Champions League games is inevitable, and it’s part and parcel of qualifying for these competitions.

However, a meaningless international break in the middle of a pandemic is quite simply inexcusable, and Liverpool should know that.

The Reds suffered during the internationals, with Joe Gomez picking up a serious injury and Andy Robertson also having a fitness scare during his time with Scotland.

If those internationals hadn’t gone ahead, we would have had an extra fortnight in the footballing calendar where those pesky Champions League games that Klopp has been complaining about could have been played.

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