'Ridiculous': Jamie Carragher not happy over news which could go on to hurt Liverpool
As one of the best teams in England and Europe, Liverpool have often found themselves dealing with fixture congestion.
Last season, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds played a gargantuan 63 matches – every possible one they could’ve contested.
And with the World Cup shoe-horned mid-season, fixture congestion has been an especially big deal this term.
Now, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has unveiled plans to launch a new 32-team Club World Cup in 2025.
The new Club World Cup concept was initially meant to launch in China in 2021 with 24 teams.
It was cancelled due to the pandemic, but Infantino has now announced that it’ll go ahead in three years’ time.
‘It will be a Club World Cup of 32 teams, every four years, and the first edition will be summer of 2025,” he told a press conference ahead of the 2022 World Cup final.
“They will be the best teams in the world invited to participate.”
‘Treated like cattle’
The announcement comes in the wake of another season in which there have been concerns about scheduling and player burnout.
And Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is not happy with what Infantino has announced.
The Anfield icon took to Twitter to criticise the plans, claiming over-used players are being “treated like cattle”.
Carragher urged European clubs to boycott the new World Cup format.
He tweeted: “Like the ridiculous idea of the World Cup every two years, this is another one from Infantino.
“Players need rest at some point, they are getting treated like cattle.
“FIFA hate the Champions League & want something similar themselves. European clubs should boycott it.”
With football’s global popularity growing exponentially over the last 30-odd years, this increased demand has led to a need for more ‘supply’ in terms of games and schedules.
However, footballers are only human. They’re prone to fatigue, burnout, injuries and so on.
There needs to be a balance on growing and propagating football alongside a focus on player welfare which includes schedules that won’t see them being run into the ground.