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Premier League CEO shares Jurgen Klopp’s concern for “maxed-out” players

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The Premier League‘s CEO, Richard Masters, has voiced his concern over the rising number of games for players, echoing Jurgen Klopp‘s sentiment on the issue.

It isn’t news that players are playing to much football.

Liverpool’s internationals played close to 11 months of football last season, with their international fixtures not finishing until mid-June.

The last campaign was extended because of the Qatar World Cup, but FIFA’s new Club World Cup, as well as UEFA’s reformatted Champions League, will still add to the burden on players’ bodies in the coming years.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 7, 2022: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (C) on his knees at the final whistle as Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks (R) and Steven Bergwijn (L) shake hands during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp has long banged the drum that his players aren’t getting enough rest, and it appears the Premier League‘s CEO, Masters, is beginning to take note.

Speaking on the Front Office Sports podcast, Masters said: “The demands on that top strata of players is growing and I think basically they are maxed out.

“We have to protect our players and we have to ensure that the balance between domestic football and international football, or regional football, European football in the case of our clubs, is maintained.”

Masters also revealed that there is a tension between FIFA and domestic leagues due to the organisation’s ability to introduce new fixtures, such as an expanded World Cup and Club World Cup.

The CEO said: “The Club World Cup in 2025 is a brand new concept.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 24, 2016: The official Nike Premier League match-ball during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Frankly, if two Premier League clubs get to a final and it finishes in July, I’m not sure how they are going to participate in the beginning of the Premier League season.”

He continued: “If the question is ‘Can we sort it out?’, then the answer is ‘no’.

“Domestic leagues don’t really have a seat at the table, it is a federal system…

“We have our own lobbying groups. We have the European Leagues, the World Leagues Forum, which I chair. We talk about these issues and we feel that domestic football is the centrepiece of world football.

CARDIFF, WALES - Friday, March 4, 2016: New FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a press conference ahead of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) 130th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the St. David's Hotel. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“The World Cup is a brilliant competition, but the balance between all those different things, it is FIFA’s responsibility to ensure that it all remains and we don’t feel like we get a proper seat at the table.”

As Masters eludes to, there is a lack of cooperation between the various bodies that govern football, leading to them each declaring their own competitions with little coordination.

If this doesn’t change, players will suffer more and more injuries and, ultimately, FIFA’s ‘product’ may become damaged.