- Jurgen Kloop reveals a number of managers have turned in favor of five subs
- EFL approves five subs for its weekend matches and beyond
- Klopp’s Liverpool side is currently facing an injury crisis as several key players are set to spend the next couple of weeks and months on the sideline
Jurgen Kloop confirms that six premier league managers are now in support of five substitutions as the struggle for squad fitness continues for club sides in the league.
The German tactician insisted on the need for an increased number of substitutions for premier league sides as a way to ease off a bit on the tight fixture schedule since the start of the new season.
The new premier league season has seen quite a number of teams fall prey to recurring injury crisis due to compressed schedules occasioned by the unusual resumption of the season across Europe and the rest of the world.
Foreseeing the inevitable tight schedule required for the completion of the 2019/2020 football season, associations across Europe, including the FA approved the provision of five subs for league and cup matches, which has since become a permanent provision for the 2020/2021 season for major European leagues except the EPL, having reverted to three subs for the new season against the wish of some big team managers like Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Jurgen Kloop and the rest.
The EFL announced this week that its clubs would be able to make use five subs in matches this weekend, thereby raising further concerns on the need for England’s premier division to allow the use of five subs per match.
Premier league managers had a meeting on Wednesday to deliberate on the issue with prospects of reaching a common resolution. Disclosing details of the meeting, the 53-year-old manager revealed that more managers are now in favor of five subs.
“People need to understand football players. People say: ‘Oh, but they earn this much.’ It’s not about that. They earn that much because they are so special,” said Klopp, speaking to Jamie Redknapp for the Daily Mail.
“There are actors who are brilliant but will never be James Bond. But as a James Bond, you earn more than others. With football, it’s the same. So many people play football and the best of them earn more. But that doesn’t make them more robust for everything in life. On Wednesday we had a meeting between all of the managers and it was so important.
“Before the season, some people thought it would be an advantage for us, the people who said we should stick to five substitutions. But it was never — and I can promise you this, I’m a Christian — it was not for one second about having an advantage.
“All the other countries did it. Italy — Juventus, Inter Milan, they have the biggest squads, but still the other clubs said, ‘We need five subs.’
“Six managers changed their minds. We need it. For the players, not the clubs. December and January in a normal season is brutal. We know that. But this year, for the Champions League and Europa League clubs, October is like December. November is like December. December is still December, then January, then February.
“We all agree we want to play, 100 per cent. But it’s little adjustments.”
Klopp’s Liverpool side is currently facing an injury crisis as several key players are set to spend the next couple of weeks and months on the sideline, with Virgil Van-Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Thiago Alcantara, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson all rocked with injury.
Speaking further, Klopp insisted on player welfare as the core reason behind managers clamor for increased number of subs.
“It’s not about me. It’s not about Liverpool. It’s about player welfare. Nothing else. The problem is if you ask the players, they say, ‘I’m fine!’ Because players always want to play. Always. Until they are injured.”
Liverpool will play host to table-toppers, Leicester City on Sunday as they hope to maintain their untainted record at Anfield.
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