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Klopp admits frustration with three substitute rule

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is annoyed with the Premier League only allowing three substitutions this season.

Clubs who have qualified for Europe, including Liverpool, will be playing a midweek game each week until December 22.

The Premier League allowed five substitutions after the restart last season, but that won’t be happening for the 2020/21 campaign, which starts on September 12.

Asked whether he would have been in favour staying with five changes, Klopp replied: “Yes. I know the discussion will go again that it’s an advantage for the bigger clubs. I don’t discuss it from that point of view. I don’t want to have an advantage in the competition.

“We have 38 Premier League games in a four-weeks shorter season. That says it all. And all the other competitions will be pretty much the same, as far as I know. That means just that these things would help. But I can imagine that other teams see it differently.

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“I saw it last season as well when we played the last nine games — Manchester City could bring on five players — ooh not bad! But it’s never for having an advantage. It’s all about how can we get through this season. Not: ‘Oh that’s a little advantage here’.

“Getting in a good way through the season for the sake of the football players and the performance levels, I think it would make sense. But I don’t make the decisions.”

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