Jurgen Klopp faces further frustration over five subs after latest Premier League update

Jurgen Klopp’s plea for the Premier League to allow up five substitutions per game looks set to fall on deaf ears. The issue was not raised by a single club at the latest league meeting. 

The Liverpool manager has been among the most vocal in requesting the number of permitted changes in a match be increased from the standard three during the current campaign. 

Five substitutes were allowed at the end of last season following the resumption of football in June after the three month shutdown.

The number was reduced back to three for the start of the 2020/21 campaign. 

With a shortened summer break and a shorter break between fixtures, concerns over player welfare have led to widespread calls for the five sub rule to be reintroduced.

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However, the proposal was voted down before the start of the season. 

According to a report in the Mail, the issue was not on the agenda at the latest meeting of Premier League clubs. 

EFL clubs were granted permission to increase the changes made during a game to five in November, but the Premier League is said to be unwilling to make the change with the season already underway.

However, they may revisit the ideas and consider a change at the halfway point after Christmas. 


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This latest development is set to leave Reds boss Klopp frustrated, particularly given the numerous injuries the Premier League champions have suffered so far this campaign. 

James Milner and Andy Robertson were the latest players to pick up knocks in Liverpool’s controversial 1-1 draw with Brighton, leading to a furious Klopp outburst in his post-match interview with BT Sport’s Des Kelly. 

“If you can do five subs in a game like this, it’s not for tactical reasons,” he fumed. “For example, if we have had five subs today I would have taken off Robbo for Kostas to save Robbo, not to make our game better.

“It’s just to save the players. It’s for all players.

The Liverpool manager is among 14 top flight clubs who are apparently in favour of increasing the number of substitutes again with one of the dissenting voices coming from Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder. 

The impasse has led to a war of words between the two managers with the German accusing his opposite number of being ‘selfish’. 

“You need at least at least 14 votes and Chris Wilder or whoever, constantly say I’m selfish. 

“I think all the things he’s said shows that he’s selfish but that’s not too important. 

“But now they [can make] three subs and have one point. So there’s no advantage or disadvantage.”

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