Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd told to forget sub rule changing after two votes

Leading Premier League managers including Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have been told to forget about their battle to have the five substitute rule reintroduced in the top flight.

Guardiola and Klopp, along with rival Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, are leading the calls for the law to revert back to what was in place following 'Project Restart' in June.

The trio believe the hectic schedule this season due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis is putting the welfare of players at risk.

Liverpool boss Klopp saw Trent-Alexander Arnold ruled out for a month with a calf injury picked up in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

Solskjaer, meanwhile, saw Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof all get injured during United's 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday.

Klopp has accused the Premier League of lacking leadership and said: "Let's make the competition a bit of fun by only having three substitutes".

Guardiola, meanwhile, added: "Maybe it's because the league likes to be different. The show must go on."

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For the record, Klopp made two changes during the draw at the Etihad, with one of them being enforced when Alexander-Arnold limped out of the action, while Guardiola made just one change.

Clubs voted to revert back to having three substitutes per game ahead of the start of the new season – and Premier League chief executive Richard Masters insists the rule is unlikely to be altered again.

Masters, who was facing questions from members of the Government's Department of Culture Media and Sport Select Committee about the state of the English game, said: "I don't see it changing for the foreseeable future … it's been voted on twice".

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