The English football federation (FA) responded on Monday to Jürgen Klopp, who said he would not train the team in the ‘replay’ of the fourth round of the England Cup, and reminded him that the clubs of The ‘Premier’ accepted the playoffs in this round at the beginning of the season.
Klopp’s complaints came after two draws against Shrewsbury Town, so his team will have to go to a tiebreaker that will be played on February 4, in the middle of the winter break.
When he fell on that date, Klopp announced at a press conference his intention that the team be directed by his assistant and that only players from the lower Liverpool categories play, something similar to what he did in the League Cup and in the previous one Round of the England Cup.
The English federation replied: “The FA has done everything possible to create a mid-season break, working with the Premier and the clubs. It is done to benefit the teams and their players. In order to do so, the FA changed the Fifth round matches of the ‘FA Cup’ to be played during the week, removing the playoffs of this round. “
“Before the start of the season, all clubs accepted that the ‘FA Cup’ playoffs would be played during the first week of the break. This will only affect a small number of clubs,” he added.
In this way, Premier clubs such as Newcastle United, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur will see their winter break interrupted with England Cup matches.
“The Premier League asked us to respect the break and we will do so, if the FA does not respect it, we cannot change anything. We will not be there,” Klopp said after drawing against Shrewsbury.