Manchester United legend, and Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville has proved Liverpool’s fixture pile-up is not unusual.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been outspoken in his frustration at the amount of fixtures his team are having to play during a shorter season.
Klopp was involved in a heated debate with BT Sport interviewer Des Kelly at the weekend following a 1-1 draw at Brighton.
The German was annoyed that Liverpool were selected for the 12.30pm Saturday kick-off having played in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Liverpool have a number of injuries with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both in a battle to play again this season.
Though Neville brought up a table on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football showing that Liverpool’s fixture schedule is no more gruelling than any other years.
The Reds are currently playing a game every 5.4 days while their maximum possible matches would see them step onto the pitch every 4.3 days.
Their potential limit of 60 fixtures, with FA Cup replays scrapped, would not be near the top 11 schedules in the last 22 years of the Premier League.
The 1999 treble winning team of Manchester United played 63 matches in 290 days, while Chelsea, in 2012-13, played 69 matches across 280 days.
Should the Reds feature 60 times this season, their 4.3 days per game would equal their tally from 2001.
Neville said: “He got done on BT Sport but on some things [I agree with Klopp].
“The 12:30 kick off and 12pm kick off I don't know why, I can see why some fans may not understand why there is a difference between 12 and 3pm in terms of recovery, but I personally hated the 12pm kickoff particularly after playing Champions League midweek.
“It felt like your legs were never the same, it felt like you were eating pasta at 9am, I agree with it, no idea if it is psychological or a body clock thing, it does not feel the same for a player.
“We understood why you had to do it, we always played at 12 because we had to hit the Asia market where it is 7pm. I have some sympathy with him here, because you cannot deny it.
“But Sir Alex Ferguson wanted that advantage. He wanted the ability to recover more and play different times so that it sorted Manchester United. That is what Klopp wants now.
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“Does he have a point in the wider context? I don't think it is an exceptional season, it is only more exceptional because the players have had more rest than they have ever had before.
“They had three months of Covid, they then had nine matches where even though they had won the league Klopp played all his best players, they then had five weeks off before the start of the season.”