Jurgen Klopp would be willing to go as far as taking a pay cut if it meant alleviating Liverpool’s persistent schedule problems
The Reds have hardly had a break this season, especially over the demanding Winter period.
Liverpool have had to contend with playing in a host of different competitions since the summer as a consequence of their success.
Champions League glory in June and a second-place finish in the Premier League saw them start the new campaign with a Community Shield appearance and a showdown with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
As well as Premier League football since, Liverpool reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, won the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar in December, progressed in the FA Cup and are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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The Reds have already played 36 games across all competitions, excluding their seven pre-season friendlies, this term.
And it is a miracle they have not picked up more injuries along the way, with Klopp having to carefully rotate his team when necessary to keep them as fresh as possible.
A 37th game of the campaign comes tomorrow away to Wolves in the Premier League (8pm), where Liverpool can incredibly increase their lead at the top of the table to 16 points with a victory at Molineux.
Klopp has repeatedly criticised the FA, FIFA and UEFA – football’s governing bodies responsible for their fixture list chaos – and pleaded for change to the demands of clubs across Europe for the amount of games they must play.
Asked if he accepted his team had to play in the Club World Cup in Qatar last month, the German said: "Of course, that’s how it is. I am not sure we have to but we are all well paid and that’s how it is.
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"We know that this money, someone has to earn it somewhere. If it’s that competition and we have to go because they offer that kind of money and it’s the first time…I don’t know exactly.
"I like the idea in general but then you have to cancel another tournament. You just cannot add on another tournament and another and another. That cannot work. That’s the only thing I say, just make decisions.
"Where is the year where there is no tournament? It’s just not there anymore for some players.
"You have the World Cup, the European Championships, the Club World Cup, the Copa America…There is no year without a tournament anymore and that makes no sense.
"I don’t know why nobody sees it like this and then you come up with the money. So they say: ‘Less money for less games’ and I say ‘okay get it.'
"The Carabao Cup second semi-final is nothing to do with money. Nothing. It’s not okay, these games are not okay. Replays in the FA Cup? Have a penalty shootout.
"The explanation against that is that the smaller teams have a chance to win the game. Then give them the home game in the first place!
"Go there, play there. If they beat us, we say: ‘Congratulations. Go for it’. But these kinds of things…it’s just another game on television. But who watches these games?
"So that’s the thing where we have to start and that’s not about money. The Football League and the FA have to talk and find a solution, just internally.
"That would already decrease the situation because every year we do the same. We talk about it at this stage of the year and then the rest of the year we don’t talk about it.
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"We have seven games in a week and then we start talking about it. So just talk now because it’s time."
After Liverpool’s game at Wolves tomorrow, they are in action again on Sunday away to Shrewsbury in the fourth round of the FA Cup (5pm).
Their rescheduled Premier League trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham follows next Wednesday (7.45pm) – the game which was meant to be played before Christmas but was postponed due to the FIFA Club World Cup.
Liverpool then host Southampton at Anfield on Saturday, February 1 (3pm) in the Premier League before finally getting their much-needed winter break for two weeks where Klopp plans to give his squad up to a week off to recover.
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