Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could be a step closer to getting his wish for a return to five substitutes per Premier League game after the Football League made a mid-season u-turn.
Following the restart last term, clubs were allowed to make five changes in matches but the Premier League and Football League opted to revert to three substitutions this time around – unlike the rest of Europe’s major leagues.
Klopp is one of a number of managers critical of the decision due to the increasing strain on players and number of injuries received as a result of an overly-congested fixture list.
The Football League released an official statement on Wednesday that read: “Following consultation with clubs, the EFL Board has agreed to increase the permitted number of substitutes to five in all Sky Bet EFL fixtures taking place from 12 noon on Friday 20 November for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
“Regulation 33.4 has been amended to permit: Championship clubs to name up to nine substitutes in their matchday squad, with five permitted to take to the pitch in any fixture. League One and League Two clubs to name up to seven substitutes in their matchday squad, again with five permitted to take to the pitch.”
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Now the Premier League are set to come under pressure to make a change.
Reds boss Klopp said earlier this month it is “necessity” for clubs to have five substitutes per match in the Premier League, while his opposite number at Manchester City Pep Guardiola labelled the current three subs limit a “disaster.”