Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders said the Reds to play two games in four days “absurd” – SPORT NEWS PEDIA

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Assistant Pep Lijnders said it was “absurd” that Liverpool would have to play two matches in four days, given the number of Covid-19 cases and injuries at the club.

The Reds played a 2-2 draw against Spurs on Sunday and will play against Leicester in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Premier League clubs have decided to complete the festive events at Monday’s meeting, despite an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

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“They love the intensity, but we all have to respect the recovery,” Lijnders said.

He added: “We think it’s absurd to have to play after 48 hours. The risk of injury is much higher.

“We have to ask the teams why they want to play. Since the Covid affairs are so fresh, it would be wise to leave more time before the next match.”

Liverpool were missing a number of key players against Tottenham, including Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara due to a positive Covid test, while Captain Jordan Henderson had a cold.

Lijnders also said the Premier League should listen to scientists and not club leaders when making decisions about how to deal with the effects of Covid-19.

Premier League players and club staff returned a record 90 positive tests last week, postponing six of 10 matches last weekend.

It has been suggested that the 20th week of the Premier League, which begins on December 28, be postponed to ease the pressure on teams.

Instead, however, clubs were advised to complete their matches if they had 13 fit players and a goalkeeper.

“For me, the experts are not the managers, but the scientists and doctors,” Lijnders said.

“We have to follow their guidelines. The Premier League needs to ask them, not the CEOs, not the managers, because health is always paramount.”

Kante’s play is “close to irresponsibility” – Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said playing with N’Golo Kante against the Wolves over the weekend was “almost irresponsible” after the midfielder returned from injury, but felt he had no choice but to miss out.

Kante was not on the first team for a month, but as nine players were eliminated due to injury and Covid illness, he played the entire match at Molineux.

Chelsea could only name four substitutes and received a request from the Premier League to postpone the match.

“N’Golo Kante played 90 minutes against the Wolves, which was close to irresponsibility,” said Tuchel, who confirmed the player would be given a break until the quarter-final of the EFL Cup against Brentford on Tuesday.

“We take huge risks and we’re paying for it now because we just can’t play five games in two weeks, or three games in a week if so many players are eliminated.”

Tuchel added that the two-week break proposed as a possible solution to curb the increase in the number of cases may not be effective, even if it would benefit in the short term.

“Maybe it would have just postponed the problem. No one can say for sure that if we postpone for 10 days, there will be no problem in three weeks,” the German added.

“There are clubs that suffer a lot, we’re suffering a lot at the moment, so it might have been better if we took a short break. But then we might have played against another team that suffers in the next moment.”

West Ham boss David Moyes confirmed there are “one or two” players and staff who tested positive for Covid-19, but most are “okay.”

The Hammers will travel to Tottenham in the quarterfinals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

The Brentford breaker put them in a “good place”
Brentford boss Thomas Frank says there are no positive Covid cases on his team right now.

Brentford’s last two games against Manchester United and Southampton have been suspended due to the virus, but Wednesday’s EFL Cup meeting with Chelsea is on track.

Frank, the Premier League’s first boss to ask for a break from the matches, said: “We’re going to show off 11 players, for sure.

“The [postponements] helped break the circuit, so there was only one in six-week cases from Thursday to Saturday, zero today, and zero today. So we’re definitely in the right place.”

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