Steven Gerrard has slammed the fixture list, claiming that it is totally unfair to play a European game on Thursday and a cup fixture less than 48 hours later. According to the Liverpool legend, it is hard for any side to be in such an unbalanced situation.
Rangers’ Scottish Cup semi-final preparations are most likely to be hampered due to an arduous Europa League fixture list. The dates of the two semi-final clashes have been set for Saturday, October 27, and Sunday, October 28. The same week, Gerrard’s side host Spartak Moscow on the previous Thursday.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic will face-off against RB Leipzig on the same day as well. Now, one of these sides will go into the cup fixture after just one day’s rest.
This matter has come as a shock to Gerrard, who called it utterly inequitable. He joked –
The way I understood it was the first tie out of the draw plays on Saturday?
Listen, whoever has to do that, it’s not fair on any team, having played on the Thursday night. I’ll be interested to see how they decide. All the best with that one. We’ll deal with that when we have to
I’m not sure how they will select who plays when or what the rules are. Whoever has to do it it won’t be fair as 48 hours is not enough.
Another headache for the Gers boss is – with Alfredo Morelos suspended and Kyle Lafferty cup-tied, Gerrard might have to go with third-choice striker Umar Sadiq in attack.
Speaking about Morelos’ suspension, he stated –
I can understand Alfredo getting frustrated as I thought it was a foul on him. The ref said that their player got the ball cleanly but I disagree.
It’s a frustration – we lose a player in form and we are going to have to find a way to get the job done without a natural nine unless Sadiq comes to the party and improves an awful lot between now and then.
For now, the Teddy Bears need to be focused on their next game, against Livingston.