Jurgen Klopp insists ’15 or 16′ managers want five substitutes reintroduced into the Premier League, but says ‘shareholders’ are blocking the change from happening.
Klopp has been amongst the most vocal supporters of reintroducing five substitutes this season, having first been permitted following the Premier League’s restart following a pandemic-enforced hiatus in June.
Premier League sides voted a majority in favour of returning to three substitutes ahead of the current campaign, though an increase in injuries amid an unprecedented congestion of fixtures has prompted a rethink amongst many leading names.
There was an initial widespread view amongst clubs that five substitutes would hand an advantage to the Premier League’s biggest sides, who possess greater resources and strength in depth.
English football is the only one of Europe’s major leagues to have reverted back to three substitutes, whilst the Champions League and Europa League also permit up to five replacements this season.
Liverpool manager Klopp believes that as many as ’15-16′ clubs are now in favour of reintroducing five substitutes, though suggested the Premier League are against altering the rules mid-way through the season.
“Nobody thought [five substitutes] would go through,” Klopp told a press conference ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Wolves.
“I told you about the facts in the manager meeting, if we were allowed to vote it would have gone through with 15-16 votes.
“But that it hasn’t happened since is a sign the shareholders see it different to their managers.
“That is not a good sign, to be honest, because it shows they ignore player welfare. The coaches don’t do that but these people do. But we have to accept that for the moment.”