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'Completely wrong!' - Klopp slams Premier League chief for failing to ensure five substitutes
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09-Nov-2020, 04:05 am

'Completely wrong!' - Klopp slams Premier League chief for failing to ensure five substitutes


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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has once again bemoaned the decision not to allow five substitutions in the Premier League this season, claiming Premier League CEORichard Masters sold it "completely wrong".

The full-backwas due to be part of Gareth Southgate's England squad forgames against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland during the November international break.

However, Klopp has said Alexander-Arnold will not be available for those upcoming fixtures during a hectic schedule in a2020-21 season that will climax with the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

Premier League clubs voted down the use of five subs for this term, a rule that was utilisedwhen the previous campaign resumed after the coronavirus-enforced break. Klopp has express his disbelief at that decision.

"It's a lack of leadership," Klopp said in his post-match media conference. "Richard Masters sold it completely wrong.

"It's not an advantage to be able to use fivesubstitutes, it's a necessity. It happens in other countries, it was sold completely wrong and now you have this situation.

"Trent will be out for England, he will not be the last or only one Gareth will have to deal with either."

City counterpart Pep Guardiola echoed Klopp's views on the decision to revert back to three changes per teamin the top tier, which was taken at a shareholders meeting in September.

Asked about what he had discussed with the Liverpool manager at full-time, Guardiola – who used just one change during Sunday's clash – told Sky Sports: "We did not speak about the result. We spoke about how we have to fight again about five substitutions.

"Look, an international England player – Trent Alexander-Arnold – is injured. All around the world, five substitutions. Here, we believe we are more special and have only three.

"We don't protect the players. That's why it is a disaster. I will demand that we come back with five substitutions to help the players, the managers everywhere. If not, it is difficult to sustain it."

Klopp also backed upOle Gunnar Solskjaer's criticism of the schedule, theManchester United boss having hit out at his sidebeing made to featurein the early kick-off on Saturdayjust over 48 hours after returning from a Champions League fixture in Istanbul.

"We have to find solutions, it’s so tough and we need to play football but Wednesday night and 12:30pm Saturdaymust not be allowed," Klopp said.

"If the Tuesday teams are in contention for Saturday that's okay,but the Wednesday teams should not be in contention for those games.


Source : goal.com

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