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Jurgen Klopp Lays Into "Ridiculous" FA Cup Semi-Final Venue Decision

Jurgen Klopp Lays Into "Ridiculous" FA Cup Semi-Final Venue Decision
By Eoin Harrington

Jurgen Klopp has slammed the controversial call to play Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley.

Construction work on the West Coast Main Line mean that fans will not be able to travel by train from either Liverpool or Manchester to the last four game at Wembley.

The FA have pushed ahead with holding the game in London, despite calls from the mayors of both cities to move the game to a venue in the North West.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Premier League games, Klopp questioned whether the FA had even thought about their decision to hold the game in Wembley.

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss slams call to play FA Cup semi-final at Wembley

With the EFL Cup already in the back, Liverpool are still in contention on three more fronts this season. Talk of a "quadruple" continues to grow, but they will not have it easy.

The Premier League title race with Manchester City is set to go down to the wire, and the two sides will also face off in the FA Cup semi-final later this month.

The choice of Wembley as the host venue, however, has caused controversy, due to the difficulties fans will face travelling to London. The FA have offered 5,000 places on free coaches to London for Liverpool and City fans - but with each team allocated 34,000 tickets, that won't even come close to covering the capacity.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with the decision to hold the game in Wembley when he spoke to the media on Friday. Klopp slated the FA, and empathised with fans.

It's one of the most ridiculous stories I ever heard.

I heard that they've known it for 18 months. I don't know what the FA thought - the North West won't be part of the semi-finals? I really can't believe that things like this can happen with all the informations we have out there.

I've heard now that the FA - we will probably do it as well - will put some coaches on the road. What is usually four and a half hours to London will now be 12 because all of the coaches in the same direction. It makes absolutely no sense. Great decision!

I'm not sure when they had to decide on when the semi-finals are, but I think there would have been another weekend, between the Champions League games?

At least on that weekend, all fans could have gone to Wembley. Now they can't.

It should be easier to go and see your football team.

Klopp will need his side to keep a level head as they approach a busy few weeks. He spoke to the media ahead of a home Premier League clash with Watford, the first game in a series of important clashes for Liverpool.

They will face Manchester City in the league next weekend, with Champions League quarter-final ties with Benfica either side of that game, and the FA Cup semi-final the following weekend.

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Over the next two weeks, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will have a clearer idea of how this season will end up. It is, however, a shame that many fans may miss out on such a crucial game in Liverpool's season due to circumstances outside of their control.

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