Liverpool news Jurgen Klopp questions Premier League leadership over controversial rule MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp agrees with Pep Guardiola, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard in their assessment of the Premier League's substitution rule
Breaking News ! Jurgen Klopp has called on the Premier League to review the five substitutes rule after questioning the leadership of chief executive Richard Masters. And the Reds boss has joined the likes of Pep Guardiola, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard in voicing his concern over the decision to revert back to three subs per match. After allowing five changes of personnel per game following the restart of last season in June, it was confirmed in August that this Premier League term would allow just three, despite the condensed nature of the campaign. On Friday, Manchester City boss Guardiola became the latest to question that move, saying: "It is not about one club, there are 47 per cent more muscular injuries than the previous season. "Hopefully they can reconsider and do what the rest of the leagues are doing. The intelligent people adjust the situation of the world for the benefit of football." Klopp's viewpoint is in line with his Manchester City rival as he urged a re-think from the division. "I am not sure if everyone oversaw it before the season when they made the decision on three subs," Klopp said. Read More Related Articles Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has successful surgery on injury Read More Related Articles Fabinho drops Liverpool contract hint and explains new Jurgen Klopp demand "It's just a little example as all other leagues in Europe has five subs and England has three, that makes it a massive challenge. "But, as you know, seven clubs in the Premier League play two or three times a week and then we travel and all that stuff and it makes it tricky. "We will see how it will end, but for sure, it is the most challenging season ever." Listen into the latest Blood Red podcast ahead of West Ham's visit to Anfield HERE Klopp feels that the decision should have been taken by the Premier League and its chief executive Masters rather than being placed in front of all the clubs back in the summer months. He added: "I don't think it's possible (to change to five subs) because of the system. "Obviously it doesn't help when Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester have injuries because there aren't enough votes for the rest. That is the system. "I thought it should have [been five subs] in the first place and for me it is a lack of leadership that they put the questions on the table and say 'what do you want with that?' Must-read Liverpool FC news Klopp names defensive options Thiago and Keita injury update Virgil van Dijk surgery update Fabinho drops contract hint "It should have been sold, if that is the right word, with more information knowing more about what can happen by Richard Masters. "Just tell the people so they know.
. "We just asked because of our schedule, we knew it would be incredibly difficult to have the best games of the weekend in the Premier League as well, it would have helped. "But yes, I think we should rethink it again. "So it was always clear, life is in the moment, really difficult and we don't make this football problem the biggest problem. "So my concern is the welfare of the players. "Now and then it's a big thing to talk about the mental welfare of players but we have to talk about the physical welfare of players much more often because the boys always want even if they can't, they still want [to play]. "So we have to make fixture lists and schedules where they can and are able to. "But this is a difficult season, it was always clear if you put in the season with the same amount of games in the shorter space of time, and we all wanted it, I wanted it, everyone did.
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"'Come on, let's go and play football, start later, finish similar, cut off games here and there with rematches in the cups. All the rest stays the same.' "That's the same in the other leagues but with less teams and they find it challenging. "Ask in Germany, they have two teams less in different cup competitions, not as many games and for them it is challenging. "We have more games and can change only three times. I remember all the stuff from the pundits saying 'five subs is not the same game anymore.' "No it is not the same anymore because the time is different and we should have thought this through 100 per cent. Don't see it as anyone wanting an advantage, just see it as it is, about players' welfare and nothing else.
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