Jurgen Klopp’s side appear to have been handed a somewhat easier schedule with home matches scheduled for the weekend following Champions League group stage fixtures
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is frustrated by Liverpool’s Premier League fixture schedule, with the Anfield club set to play home matches after every Champions League group stage game in 2018/19.
While England’s three other participants in Europe’s premier competition, United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, have an even split of three home and three away matches in the gameweeks following Champions League games, Liverpool have been given what appears to be an easier hand.
And, according to The Times, Mourinho has noted this difference.
Pep Guardiola, the City boss, and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino are not said to be overly worried about the situation.
Mourinho has a noted history of criticising the Premier League for its scheduling of fixtures, especially when it comes to matches played around European games.
In May 2017 he called on United’s home fixture – the last match of the 2016/17 season – to be moved to give the Red Devils longer preparation in ahead of the Europa League final, while earlier that year he also said United ‘have lots of enemies’ when his side had to play matches on a Monday, Thursday and then at the lunchtime kick-off on a Sunday in the same week.
Manchester United open the next Premier League season by hosting Leicester City, while Liverpool have also been handed a home opener, against West Ham.