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Hoddle raps Klopp over TV row: Where's Liverpool without cash to buy Van Dijk, Alisson?

Former Tottenham and Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle has had a pop at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over his row with TV chiefs this season.

Klopp's ire came to a head on Saturday after their draw at Brighton, with the German butting heads with BT Sport's Des Kelly.

The Reds manager blamed the schedule for James Milner's injury on the day - the latest in a long line of casualties for the defending champions this season, which include Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Along with his anger over his demands for five substitutions being ignored, Klopp also blames the influence of television scheduling on English football's fixtures. The trip to Falmer stadium coming just three days after Liverpool's Champions League win at Atalanta in Italy.

For Hoddle, Klopp is aiming his sights on the wrong target.

Speaking on his podcast, 'The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show', the former England coach declared: "I think he has it slightly wrong. Television doesn't decide the fixtures, you need to look to the Premier League for that.

"But don't forget - and let's be blunt about it - the amount of money television puts into the Premier League allows Jurgen to go and buy (Virgil) van Dijk and Alisson. That's £150m for two players. He gets that money to improve his squad to then go out and win the Champions League and the Premier League. You can't have it both ways.

"Yes, I do sympathise with him - if we have to play a hard Champions League game on Wednesday, then why do we have to play at 12:30pm on Saturday? I think the Premier League has to look at that."

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