‘It feels like I am the only voice on it’: Jurgen Klopp admits he’s losing vocal support in Premier League meetings with clubs moving on from the five subs debate… and jokes that Liverpool can’t even make five with their injuries!
- Jurgen Klopp has bemoaned the lack of support for reintroducing five subs
- The Liverpool boss has seen his squad ravaged by injuries and wants protection
- Teams were permitted to use five subs during the Premier League restart
- But Klopp feels he is now ‘the only voice’ from clubs backing the move
- His side face a massive title clash against current leaders Spurs on Wednesday
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted it ‘feels like I am on the only voice’ in his bid to reintroduce five substitutions in the Premier League.
The German has fought hard for the rule change after clubs were permitted to use extra subs during the Premier League restart in the summer, but has questioned why that has not been the case this season – with his team picking up a flock of injuries.
His argument has triggered a quabble among managers, with some bosses fighting for relegation claiming it is unfair that those with more resources and stronger depth would be allowed to bring on more of their top stars.
Jurgen Klopp believes he is ‘the only voice’ arguing for the reintroduction of five substitutes
The German’s squad has been ravaged by injuries this season and wants to protect his players
It led to him calling Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder ‘selfish’ as he insisted that all clubs should stick with three subs, and now he believes he is lacking support from his fellow Premier League clubs at meetings over the matter.
‘I’ve said everything about it,’ he told a press conference ahead of his side’s crunch clash against Tottenham.
‘Sometimes it feels like I am the only voice for the [five subs]. Other people think the same. Journalists are not supportive, you are not really interested, you just write what we say, that’s the truth.’
He has clashed with Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder over the matter and called him ‘selfish’
Virgil van Dijk is just one of a host of players who have spent time on the sidelines this season
Liverpool’s injury nightmare has seen the team lose Virgil van Dijk to a long-term lay-off, while Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Thiago Alcantara are also out. Goalkeeper Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner and Diogo Jota have all faced fitness issues too.
Klopp joked that the amount of players he currently has in the physio room means that he would not be able to pick five substitutes on his bench even if the Premier League caved in to his demands.
‘I hope it will still happen. Some clubs can make the decision. At the moment I probably don’t have enough subs to make five subs! It is not my decision. As long as it’s not done I still hope for the players.’
Looking ahead to the game against Jose Mourinho’s men, he called the north London outfit a ‘results machine’.
He said he had no particular plans to deal with Harry Kane (L) and Son Heung Min (R) ahead of Liverpool’s crunch clash with Tottenham on Wednesday night
‘[Mourinho] showed a comeback, very impressive what he [has done] at Tottenham, the way they played this year is really good. He turned them into a results machine, they got results they had good performances.
‘If they are not on top they still win they defend collectively. So very impressive.’
He was also asked about his plans to stop in-form Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but insisted that Mourinho’s side was sprinkled with good talent that needed equal attention at Anfield.
‘If you keep [Kane and Son] quiet there are still a lot of really good players, they have threats from a lot of areas. [Steven] Bergwijn plays am important role, especially in the counter attacking role.
‘Of course, with Harry Kane it is clear you have to make sure he’s not too involved in the game, with Son it’s the same. They are in a moment where it has clicked properly.
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