Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC remain unbeaten in the English Premier League after eight match days. With three goals from the Brazilian national soccer player Roberto Firmino, the Reds clearly won 5-0 (2-0) at Watford on Saturday and have overtaken leaders Chelsea (16) with 18 points, at least for the time being. Thomas Tuchel’s team can, however, return to first place in the evening (6.30 p.m. on Sky) with a success at the newly promoted Brentford FC.
Before the difficult Champions League away game on Tuesday at Atlético Madrid, the Klopp-Elf dominated the game at will in the debut of Watford coach Claudio Ranieri. After a pass from Mohamed Salah’s outside instep, Sadio Mané made it 1-0 without any problems (9th minute). The former Hoffenheim Firmino (37th / 52nd) made the preliminary decision with his goals. After striker Salah increased to 4-0 with a remarkable individual performance (54th), Firmino scored his third goal shortly before the end.
Before the game, Klopp had criticized the tight schedule in professional football. “It’s crazy what we’re doing there,” said the 54-year-old in an interview with Sky Sport. “We have neither a break nor proper preparation and no time to train during the season. You have to think about that, something is wrong, ”said the 54-year-old coach. “In the long term it can only lead in one direction – and that is the wrong one. That is why that should be changed, “demanded the German starter coach and praised the players:” The fact that the boys still perform at such a high level is due to the boys. “
Klopp also criticized the Nations League in the interview: “We said at the time when the Nations League was introduced that it was a completely nonsensical competition. The reason for this was that there are too many meaningless games, there are so many friendlies. “Now the competition is there and there is no longer any possibility of taking a game out. “All associations have maneuvered in there,” said Klopp. “The player has to pay for it, that’s absolute madness.” And: “This greed is carried out on the back of the player.”
He compared professional football to US sport. “A lot of money is turned over in football, and even more in American sports. They have a break every four months plus some preparation. They also play boom, boom, boom, boom – but they have a break, ”said the former coach of Borussia Dortmund. After the clear win in Watford his mood should be better. But Klopp will stick to the core of the criticism, as he has made it clear on several occasions.