Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has again complained about the fixture list in England.
Liverpool face a lunchtime kick-off at Portsmouth on Saturday, but the Spaniard claims it is ‘impossible’ to prepare his players – many of whom have been away on international duty for the past ten days.
“I am really disappointed with the fixtures that we have because it is more difficult here in England,” Benitez told the League Mangers’ Association’s official website.
“You play early kick-offs on the Saturday (after internationals) and it is impossible to prepare the team properly.
“The players arrive back on Thursday evening and the only thing you can do with some of them is just to run a little bit and send them home.
“Friday morning you will have a light training session and you will travel to Portsmouth in this case and you cannot prepare the team.
“Normally the players that are going away are internationals because they are good players and you need these players for winning every game.
“For me it’s impossible to prepare the team properly, you can prepare small details, but to prepare the team physically and mentally for the game will be difficult.”