Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that players are at the edge due to the fixture congestion as well as players missing out due to Covid. He also believes that Premier League clubs will continue to block the use of five substitutes. The Premier League recorded 100+ cases of coronavirus among players and staff last week. This has meant an increase in workload for the fit players as well as those recovering from the virus.
“We have to put the competition aside and don’t say that Man City has better subs than Burnley or whatever,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said. “Yes, that’s probably true. But the problem is the intensity for a top-class footballer in England is definitely at the edge. You need 14 votes to change – there is something wrong. As an example, I’m not sure how many Burnley players play international football. When our players have three games, they have no game.”
“We are talking about an issue that some clubs and some players definitely have but it is decided by other teams. Because we make a competition of it, they say no. That’s a real problem because it’s the right decision, especially at this moment.” he added. “You bring players back after Covid or after an injury, and because of the games we have to play they have to play immediately. Then they are out again because you cannot get them off after 60 minutes because you have to change other things.”