Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that having five subs will be better for the players overall health.
Due to coronavirus, five subs were allowed for clubs keep players healthy due to the packed scheduled. However, Premier reverted back to the old rule of keeping three substitutes per game. The issue is that the 2020-21 Premier League season has been shortened due to the pandemic and Liverpool is facing the brunt of it.
“We fought hard for a winter break in the normal season. One week after the season’s most intense period. One week where you don’t have to think about football, don’t have to train, don’t have to get up in the morning and think, ‘How will I play tonight?’ We fought so hard for one week less,” he told ex-Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp during an interview for the Daily Mail.
“But this now is not a normal season. This now is a season which is four weeks shorter but with the same amount of games. This is a very special time, not only for football but for the whole world. All of us have to dig in and fight hard to get through it. In football, it’s like this. It looks like the whole world changed but the two things which stayed were the fixture list of the Premier League and three subs.
“These are the two things we have to talk about. We have to talk to the broadcasters. People need to understand football players. People say: ‘Oh, but they earn this much.’ It’s not about that. They earn that much because they are so special.
“There are actors who are brilliant but will never be James Bond. But as a James Bond, you earn more than others. With football, it’s the same. So many people play football and the best of them earn more. But that doesn’t make them more robust for everything in life. On Wednesday we had a meeting between all of the managers and it was so important.”
Asked if he felt the five substitutions experiment had been a success earlier in the year, Klopp responded: “Yes. Before the season, some people thought it would be an advantage for us, the people who said we should stick to five substitutions.
“But it was never — and I can promise you this, I’m a Christian — it was not for one second about having an advantage. All the other countries did it. Italy — Juventus, Inter Milan, they have the biggest squads, but still the other clubs said, ‘We need five subs.’