Premier League managers split on Covid pause | Jurgen Klopp: I don’t see benefit of stopping

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Premier League intends to continue fixture schedule and while there is rising opposition to games being played among some managers, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t see the benefits of stopping the competition

This weekend’s Premier League fixture list has seen five matches fall victim to the rising Covid cases, but what do the managers think should happen next?

There have been calls in Scotland for a two-week football shutdown and for the planned winter break to be brought forward, but with very little wriggle room in a hectic calendar in England, it has left managers having to prepare for games that may not go ahead.

This week, Brighton boss Graham Potter claimed it will be difficult for the Premier League to continue with the current trend of only some games being deemed worthy of postponement due to coronavirus infections among players.

Potter revealed Albion were unsuccessful in their request for Wednesday evening’s clash with Wolves – a 1-0 loss – to be rearranged following a Covid-19 and injury crisis at the club.

The depleted Seagulls were without a host of influential players for the game, with top scorer Neal Maupay and Pascal Gross the latest men to join the growing list of absentees.

Their game against Manchester United this weekend was postponed, only after a Covid-19 outbreak at the Old Trafford club.

The Premier League intends to “continue its current fixture schedule where safely possible”, and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he doesn’t see the benefits of stopping the competition.

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