Jurgen Klopp has urged UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin to ditch the “ridiculous” Nations League after revealing they have exchanged messages over Liverpool’s ticket allocation for the Champions League final.
Ceferin contacted Klopp in response to the German coach’s criticism of both the number of tickets available and prices for the showdown with Real Madrid in Paris.
The Stade de France will have a capacity of 75,000 for the showpiece event on May 28 but each finalist has only been given 20,000 tickets. Those range in price from €70 to €690.
Ceferin explained that the clubs get 93.5 per cent of revenue from the final but Klopp responded saying he would rather UEFA got a bigger proportion of the cash if it meant they could make more tickets available to supporters and shelve the Nations League, which will ensure that a gruelling campaign continues into June for his Liverpool squad.
“Yeah, it was me,” admitted Klopp when asked if Ceferin had contacted him.
“We didn’t actually speak, he texted me. I obviously said what I said about how there should be more tickets for the supporters.
“The same explanation (he gave me) he pretty much gave publicly — 93 per cent of the money goes to the clubs and UEFA only gets a few Euros. I replied and said, ‘OK, that’s one of those situations where it’s better if you have more information before giving answers but the problem is that I can’t be constantly perfectly prepared for these kind of things’. But I can still have an opinion.
“I said I’d try to clarify that and that’s what I do here now. I didn’t know enough about it. But in the same conversation I said to him the reason I’m not in such a good mood when I speak about UEFA is because of the Nations League. I still think that’s one of the most ridiculous ideas in the world of football.
“Now we finish a season where players have played more than 70 games easily — 63 club games plus internationals. It’s really mad. Then we continue with the Nations League. There’s no tournament so who cares if we play four, five, six games with the international teams.
“I’d prefer that UEFA would take more money from the Champions League final and kick out the Nations League. That would be my preferred solution and more tickets for the people. That’s my personal opinion.”
Earlier this week UEFA confirmed the new format of the Champions League which will see the number of games in the group stage increase from six to eight for clubs from 2024-25
“More games is always a bad idea,” Klopp added.
“I’ve spoken quite frequently about that. Obviously, nobody is interested!”
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