Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold slams non-sensical schedule and defends Spurs

Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold has slammed the Premier League’s “intense” fixture schedule this season, insisting the packed calendar doesn’t make sense.

Player fitness is being tested like never before in the 2020/21 campaign, which kicked off a month later than anticipated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The likes of Jurgen Klopp, Frank Lampard and Pep Guardiola have hit out at the amount of matches they are being forced to play, as well as the Premier League’s decision making in regards to kick-off times.

As a result of the crammed schedule, Premier Injuries claim there have been 133 muscle injuries in the first nine top-flight matchdays of the season – a 23 per cent increase from last year.

Premier League champions Liverpool have been hit particularly hard, with Alexander-Arnold one of several Reds stars currently nursing an injury.

When asked how much more challenging this season is proving compared to others, the right-back told the Evening Standard: “A lot.

“Not only has the calendar year been the strangest that anyone in football will have ever seen or been a part of, it is also the most intense which doesn't make sense.

“At a time when we've had a three month lockdown, coming back and not being able to get fully fit as we would like to and having to play the remainder of the games, and then not getting much of a break – I think we got two weeks and then a ten day pre-season – and then straight back into the most competitive league in the world, it's… difficult.

“The times of games, in terms of your last internationals coming back [before playing early on a Saturday] defies common sense really. Anyone with common sense would spot that that is something that cannot happen.

“The teams that play midweek most weeks – I think Tottenham had recently it where they played on the Thursday and then on Sunday at 12 o'clock. There is not enough time to recover, your body cannot recover that quickly. Your muscles are going into it not being 100 per cent and that is how you pick up injuries. Something has to change.

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“I think these problems could have really been predicted, anyone could have seen them coming. Maybe not to this extent because it looks as if every club is feeling the harshness of the schedule, but you would expect this period to be coming around December and Christmas time because that is when it is the most intense, but for this to be happening so early in the season – eight games in – is far too early, it shows that something is not right. As long as something happens soon, then it is better than nothing.”

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