Former Liverpool defender believes that EPL officials will soon have to change the substitution system.
When Premier League teams started to play again after the lockdown phase in 2019-20, league officials decided to change the substitution rules and let every team substitute 5 players during the match. But this allowance was denied in August and managers had to deal with having fewer subs again. However, with the tight schedule of the new season coaches have found it hard to keep their players fit. Jorgen Klopp’sLiverpool
has probably been affected more than any other English top club by the injuries.Virgil Van Dijk
, andJordan Henderson
are all on the sidelines due to injuries and the tight schedule ahead might even add some other names to the list. Jorgen Klopp has called for returning the 5- subs rule as his team is currently in a race with Tottenham to become table leaders in the League.
"We need it. For the players, not the clubs. December and January in a normal season is brutal," the Liverpool boss said last week.
"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.
"It’s not about me. It’s not about Liverpool. It’s about player welfare."
After Liverpool’s 3-0 victory againstLeicester City
at Anfield, the club legend Jamie Carragher has backed Klopp’s request from the Premier League officials and believes that they will soon be forced to change the situation.
“It’s a big talking point now. I think Jurgen Klopp feels like he’s banging his head against a brick wall,
"You can see there, it’s the hamstring. You talk about Klopp and the five subs, I think there’s a lot more managers on board now. I think it’s maybe inevitable that it happens in the end. The EFL have gone to five subs.
"I was totally against it at the end of last season, but when you look at how many injuries there’s been in the Premier League this season - the numbers are massively up.
"People question Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola not making three in one game, so why do they want five? I don’t think that’s a reason not to make five subs, I actually think it’s a reason to do five subs.
"What it shows is, it doesn’t mean the managers are gonna make five subs in every game, it’s just that when maybe, Jurgen Klopp thinks they’re out of sight from the opposition, it gives them the opportunity to maybe make two or three subs in the end.
"You saw against Man City, Jurgen only made two subs and Pep only made one because the game was in the balance. They’re not gonna make subs for the sake of it - they need to win the game.
"It gives them the opportunity, when the game is dead, as Liverpool’s was in Atalanta, and you can make them changes in the Champions League - you then make them changes."