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'The old farts don't care' - John Aldridge hits out at the Premier League over timing of Liverpool fixture

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal with Roberto Firmino but Liverpool don't have much time before their next fixture
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal with Roberto Firmino but Liverpool don't have much time before their next fixture
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge has hit out at Premier League officials after Jurgen Klopp's side were forced to play Southampton late on Sunday afternoon.

Aldridge believes Liverpool should have been allowed to play the game on Saturday to give them maximum time to prepare for their Champions League trip to face FC Porto on Wednesday, as he admitted he finally found some common ground with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho over an issue he has often complained about.

"I don't agree with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho too often, but he has been criticising the scheduling of matches for England's European representatives for years and he has a very valid point on this issue," states Aldridge.

"Why did Liverpool have to play an away game against Southampton late on Sunday? I don't understand the logic behind that decision ahead of a big Champions League game.

"Juventus had their latest Serie A game moved to last Friday to help them prepare for a game against Tottenham on Tuesday as the Italian authorities understand how important the extra day is in for preparation.

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"Liverpool should have been playing on Saturday for the same reason. Instead, they found themselves a long way from home and probably getting back to Liverpool at around midnight before preparing for a tough trip to Portugal.

"It doesn't need to be like this. The FA and the Premier League should have a word with Sky Sports an urge them not to put the England's Champions League teams on a Sunday TV slot.

"Getting English clubs through to the latter stages of European competitions is good for the image of the Premier League, but the old farts who run English football don't care about that.

"Television companies decide how the game is run now and while they pump enough money into football to be allowed to make those decisions, they should give Premier League clubs a helping hand by giving them extra time to prepare for Champions League games."

Liverpool are due to fly to Portugal on Tuesday ahead of the club’s first Champions League knock-out fixture in nine years.

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