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Sunday lunch kick-off time is unappetising for Jurgen Klopp

Published 29/04/2016

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unhappy about Sunday's kick-off time.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unhappy about Sunday's kick-off time.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has pledged to fight Liverpool's corner in any future issues with kick-off times after admitting he could not believe Sunday's match at Swansea starts at noon.

The team returned home from Spain at 4am on Friday after the 1-0 Europa League semi-final defeat to Villarreal with their Premier League game in south Wales scheduled to kick off just 56 hours later.

Klopp made jokes about the English liking their Sunday lunch but he is less than impressed with the amount of time he has to prepare and any such repetition is likely to see him step in during negotiations over when games are moved to.

"Sunday at 12 o'clock, I can't believe that," said the German.

"I think no one in this room thinks it is usual after the games we've had that we should start at 12.

"We could have started at two or four, so four hours more and that sounds absolutely okay.

"A few years ago with Dortmund we played at Athens and they cancelled their game so they could beat Dortmund in the Champions League.

"I am not sure who made the decision about letting us play at 12 but we can't change it.

"I don't want to make headlines. I don't want to come from Germany and tell people how it works or how it is. Maybe for a few people it is funny but it is not really funny.

"Maybe it was my fault, I have no idea if I could jump in or not but I could not imagine before that something like this could happen.

Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp waves at the end of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp waves at the end of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool reacts after a missed chance during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno lies on the field during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's midfielder Adam Lallana (L) vies with Villarreal's Ivorian defender Eric Bally (2nd L) during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) vies with Villarreal's defender Mario (C) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral argue on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas (L) vies with Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Adam Lallana of Liverpool takes on Jaume (L) and Bruno of Villarreal (R) during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu gestures during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia Toral controls the ball on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jordon Ibe of Liverpool controls the ball from Cedric Bakambu of Villarreal during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure (L) vies with Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's defender Victor Ruiz (R) vies with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (right) and Villarreal's Eric Bailly battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado (L) gestures after missing an attempt on goal during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (L) vies with Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Bruno Soriano (R) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's midfielder Adam Lallana (C) vies with Villarreal's Spanish defender Victor Ruiz (R) and Villarreal's defender Denis Suarez (L) during the UEFA Europa League semifinal first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / BIEL ALINOBIEL ALINO/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) vies with Villarreal's Congolese forward Cedric Bakambu during the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 28, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Joe Allen of Liverpool stretches to challenge Jonathan dos Santos of Villarreal during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Denis Suarez of Villarreal holds off Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: The Liverpool team line up prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives followed by a yellow submarine ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PA
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool embraces Antonio Rukavina of Villarreal prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Villarreal fans show their support prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool and asistant manager Zeljko Buvac look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: A general view inside the stadium as Liverpool players warm up prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool (front) warms up with team mates prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Villarreal fans look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool warms up with team mates prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives followed by a yellow submarine ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PA
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Liverpool fans look on prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
The Villareal team coach arrives ahead of the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
A general view of Estadio El Madrigal before the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: A general view inside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Liverpool players on the pitch before the UEFA Europa League Semi Final, First Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Villarreal. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 13-04-2016 of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who insists he does not need to tell his players the importance of their Europa League semi-final first leg in Villarreal as they have more than proved their hunger for the competition. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 28, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Liverpool's forward Daniel Sturridege controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Ivory coast defender Kolo Toure controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno kneels during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Ivory coast defender Kolo Toure runs during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp walks during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp walks during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players run during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp (R) speaks to his players during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel controls the ball during a training session at the Madrigal Stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German coach Jurgen Klopp a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's coach Marcelino Garcia Toral speaks during a press conference at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado looks on during a press conference at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno speaks during a press conference at the El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semifinals first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado looks on during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's defender Denis Suarez (2ndL) and Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado (2ndR) warm up during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado gestures during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal players warm up during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
Villarreal's Congoleseforward Cedric Bakambu (L) plays a ball with Villarreal's midfielder Bruno Soriano during a training session at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on April 27, 2016 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg football match Villarreal CF vs Liverpool FC. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDANJOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images

"I am seven months here so if there is an opportunity for me to fight for something like this then you can be sure I will do it.

"It is Sunday, all English people will have lunch and we play football.

"At 12 o'clock I am usually hungry. If my players are hungry tomorrow too it is good for the game. Hungry for success."

The match is to be televised on BT Sport and with Sky Sports already having the 2pm and 4pm slots locked in, there was no option for Sunday.

Klopp is expected to make numerous changes nevertheless as he tries to plan to manage domestic ambitions along with keeping the Reds' European dream alive when Villarreal come to Anfield on Thursday.

"I am pretty sure no one slept immediately when we got home," he added.

"It wouldn't make sense to start with the same line-up as yesterday. We need fresh legs and fresh minds at Swansea."

While he will not be ready for south Wales, striker Danny Ings is progressing well in his comeback from cruciate knee ligament surgery in October.

Klopp, who had just a couple of sessions with the England international before his injury in training, is hopeful the forward could yet feature this season. On Wednesday a tribunal ordered Liverpool to pay Burnley £6.5million up front for Ings with a further £1.5million in add-ons.

"He is a great guy to be honest. He has been so unlucky I can't believe it," said the Reds boss.

"Since then I have known more about him as a person than as a professional footballer, if he is as good a player as he is a person we look forward to having him on the pitch.

"He has a good basis on the character side. Danny is close. We will see. We must see whether to use the summer break for improving everything."

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