Players are at the edge but five subs won’t happen - Klopp

Mon 27 December 2021 | 16:36

The Reds boss revealed that players are “at the edge” because of the hectic schedule and many absences due to Covid-19, but he insisted that Premier League sides will keep blocking the use of five substitutes.


Premier League

sides are dealing with Covid-19 cases among the players and staff members, as there has been an outbreak while the busy festive period is just around the corner.

For players who are already fit, they are struggling with a growing workload. Those who are returning from injury and Covid-19 have also been asked to make their comebacks faster than usual.

A lot of managers, like


boss Thomas Tuchel, have urged clubs to ask for five substitutes once again to ease the pressure on the team.

However, some like Burnley manager Sean Dyche thinks that five substitutions will only benefit bigger clubs like



14 of the Premier League clubs need to vote for the change to happen and

Jurgen Klopp

doubts it will happen.


We have to put the competition aside and don't say that Man City has better subs than Burnley or whatever,"

said the Liverpool boss.

"Yes that's probably true. But the problem is the intensity for a top-class footballer in England is definitely at the edge.

"You need 14 votes to change - there is something wrong. As an example, I'm not sure how many Burnley players play international football. When our players have three games, they have no game.

"We are talking about an issue that some clubs and some players definitely have but it is decided by other teams. Because we make a competition of it, they say no. That's a real problem because it's the right decision, especially in this moment.

"You bring players back after Covid or after an injury, and because of the games we have to play they have to play immediately. Then they are out again because you cannot get them off after 60 minutes because you have to change other things.

"This wonderful game is so wonderful because usually the players on the pitch are in good shape, are well-trained, have recovered and go for it. That's why we love the game.

"The best league in the world, and the most intense league in the world, is the only league with still three subs. That's not right. We should change it. [But] I don't see a real chance to change it to be honest."

source: SportMob

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