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Published: 14:21 | 12/1/16

Klopp: Number of games is tough


Jurgen Klopp has no regrets about moving to the Premier League but admits he has struggled to adapt to the congested fixture list.

The Premier League is the only major league in Europe that does not have a mid-season break with clubs facing a hectic Christmas and New Year schedule.

Klopp has already taken charge of 20 matches since succeeding Brendan Rodgers as manager in October and the packed schedule has proved costly with 13 players currently sidelined through injury.

The 48-year-old admits he has found the fixture list hard to get used to but insists he has no regrets about leaving Germany to manage in England.

"I have had a similar situation before with injuries, but with the winter break, they come back," he said. "That’s the biggest difference. The number of games is the biggest difference.

"When I came here, I didn’t know there were two rounds in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.

"I had people in Germany, saying ‘yeah, you’re in the final again!’ Idiots!

"In Germany, when you tell people about the FA Cup that if you draw you play again. They say ‘what?’ Here you have penalties and extra time, but only after the second game.

"That’s the thing, it’s the number of games, football, football, football. With a perfect pre-season you are prepared for a long, long journey.

"We knew about it, but to feel it is different."

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