Premier League: Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp was once more left scratching his head after Premier League clubs voted another time. They are against allowing five substitutes per side in each game, despite the condensed schedule.
FIFA who crowned the German because he is the best coach in men’s football on Thursday, is a vocal critic of the league’s reluctance to introduce the measure, which has been widely adopted the globe over.
“I don’t need to form headlines, everyone knows my opinion,” Klopp told a press conference sooner than Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.
“You must ask people about it. There are 10 clubs who vote against it and everyone knows these clubs. They voted against something that wasn’t about the competition. Neither was it about advantages, only about player welfare and that they voted against it.
“Pretty much only them voted against it in Europe, even the planet, if I’m right.
“There must be an honest reason for it. Altogether these leagues there’s competition, every club wants to win the league or stay awake. This can be the sole league – not even country, because the Championship that decides to try and do it – who doesn’t do it.”
Champions Liverpool sits top of the Premier League on 28 points. Even despite having won one time off from home this season, a run that has a lacklustre 1-1 draw at Fulham last weekend.
Klopp, however, said he’s not worried by his side’s form on the road.
“It’s not that much of a priority, or a minimum of we didn’t feel it,” he said.
“We were slightly unlucky also in one or two games, I’d say. It is a fact we didn’t win lots far from home. However, we try and change that by doing the correct things again.
“Put another shift in, playing the simplest possible football is that the plan both away and residential.”
Klopp, who may well be missing up to eight first-teamers through injury for the trip to London, said that midfielders Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri were all near resuming full training. However, they would miss out on Saturday.
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