Jurgen Klopp insists that a growing number of Premier League managers are pressing for allowing five substitutes in games.
The EFL announced this week that its clubs would be able to use five sub-games in games from this weekend.
But the Premier League, despite introducing a rule to allow five changes during the 2019-20 Project Restart, returned to three divisions for 2020-21, though the rest of Europe’s major leagues continued with the additional amount.
Some bosses have been contemptuous of the subject, insisting it gives the league’s larger clubs an unfair advantage.
But in the midst of a compressed schedule this season and with an increase in muscle injuries and fatigue, discussions were held about allowing five divisions to be used for the rest of the campaign.
At a meeting in the Premier League on Wednesday, management discussed the situation, with Klopp confirming that a number of opinions had been changed.
“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, ”said Klopp, speaking to Jamie Redknapp for the Daily Mail.
“There are actors who are great but will never be James Bond. But like Bond James, you earn more than others. With football, it’s the same thing. So many people play football and the best of them earn more. But that doesn’t make them firmer for everything in life. On Wednesday we had a meeting between all management and it was so important.
“Before the season, some people thought it would be to our advantage, the people who said we should stick to five substitutes. But he never did – and I can promise you this, I’m a Christian – he didn’t for a moment take advantage.
“All the other countries did that. Italy – Juventus, Inter Milan, they have the biggest squads, but the other clubs still say, ‘We need five divisions.’
“Six managers changed their minds. We need it. For the players, not for the clubs. December and January in normal season are cruel. We know that. But this year, for Champions League and Europa League clubs, October is like December. November is like December. December is still December, then January, then February.
“We all agree we want to play, 100 per cent. But it’s a few adjustments. ”
Liverpool have been bitten by injuries more than most, with Virgil van Dijk joined on the long-term injury list by Joe Gomez during the international break – injury to England boss Gareth Southgate was down to the a packed schedule as much as anything else.
Klopp continued: “It’s not about me. It’s not about Liverpool. It’s all about the well-being of players. Nothing else. The problem is if you ask the players, they say, ‘I’m fine!’ Because players always want to play. Everytime. Until they were injured. ”
Liverpool Champions face champions Leicester City on Sunday.
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