Liverpool FC have to travel to London for their FA Cup semi-final match against Manchester City. That drives Reds coach Jürgen Klopp up the wall.
“It’s one of the most ridiculous stories I’ve ever heard,” said Klopp of the English FA’s decision to host the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Citizens on April 16 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
But it’s not the journey itself that annoys the 54-year-old. The problem is that the English capital will not be accessible by train from Liverpool and Manchester at this time due to construction work. The FA has therefore organized 200 buses to let the fans participate in the spectacle.
The association is said to have known about the construction work on the train route for a long time. “I’ve heard the FA have known about the work for 18 months and I’m not sure what they were thinking? That no North West club will be part of the semi-finals?” raged Klopp.
The Reds coach has little to gain from the association’s bus plan. It would take much longer to get here. “How long does it usually take, four and a half hours to London? It will probably be twelve if the fans of both sides are coming from the same direction. It makes absolutely no sense.”
Instead, the FA should have chosen a different time from the outset. “I’m just not happy that it was made so complicated. It should be easier to see your football team in a semi-final,” Klopp complained.