Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said the Premier League does not care enough about player safety after officials decided to continue playing despite the high number of Covid-19 cases.
Ten league matches were postponed this month, due to the outbreak of the virus and the emergence of 90 new cases of infection among players and technical staff last week, but the clubs agreed to continue the championship during the festive period of matches, despite the escalating crisis.
Liverpool assistant coach Pep Linders said on Tuesday that it was “absurd” to play twice in four days with notable players missing due to Covid-19 and injuries, while Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said the players’ health and safety were at risk.
Henderson told the BBC: “I am concerned about the safety of the players, and I don’t think anyone is taking that seriously enough, especially in this period with the outbreak of Covid-19, there is no contact with the players to find out. Their opinion, and I think the players should be part of the discussions because we are the ones who play in these conditions.
“We will be seeking backstage talks to exert some influence but at the moment I don’t feel the players are getting the respect they deserve in terms of having someone who speaks on their behalf independently.”
Liverpool hosts Leicester City in the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, and plays Leeds United in the Premier League on Sunday.
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