Jamie Carragher has slammed the decision to play the Champions League final three weeks after the culmination of the Premier League – claiming it benefits Tottenham .
Liverpool legend Carragher believes Spurs’ injury list – and the extra time to get players healthy – will help them as they bid to land a first European crown in Madrid.
The Reds are hoping for a sixth title in the Spanish capital after their dramatic comeback to see off Barcelona in the last four.
Carragher was part of the last Liverpool team to win the Champions League in 2005 as Rafa Benitez’s side came back from 3-0 down at half-time to topple AC Milan in Istanbul.
And he admits the time between Liverpool’s victory over Wolves on the final day – one which saw them fall just a point short in their bid for a maiden Premier League title – and the final is a “worry”.
“It’s a weird one really,” the former England defender told The Anfield Wrap. “You normally go away and that’s what Liverpool have done going to Marbella.
“No-one’s been able to give me a reason why the Champions League is three weeks after the league campaign.
“It’s normally two weeks, where you have the FA Cup then the week after is the Champions League.
“That’s not too bad, so I do feel for the players, that extra week. I can only think it’s the FA thinking, ‘Oh we’ll do this to help England in the Nations League’.
“But it’s actually backfired, if that is the reason, in that two English teams are there. If two English teams weren’t there there would obviously be a longer break leading up to the Nations League.
“That’s p***ed me off a little bit that to be honest. I think it probably helps Spurs more than us, I would say.
“I think they’ve got bigger injury problems than us, certainly with Harry Kane, Harry Winks, other little knocks they had towards the end of the season. It gives you an extra week to be fit.
“I think we’re in much better form than Tottenham in 2019 and a longer break will not help that, really, in some ways.
“You do worry because you lose a bit of that rhythm that Liverpool have had the way they’ve been playing.
“I don’t think Tottenham are in great form. I know they got through and it’s unbelievable what they’ve done, I love Pochettino, but they’re not in great form so a longer break will help them forget the bad form and focus on this one game.”