Jurgen Klopp makes a new ‘top class’ dig at Sean Dyches Burnley in five substitute rows

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been a strong and vocal advocate of reintroducing five substitutes in Premier League games, often using Burnley as an example of his opposition

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has re-name checked Burnley as he continues his bid to force it First League to reintroduce five substitute players.

The English top flight, along with the EFL, gave managers the opportunity to make two additional changes after football returned after the project restarted at the height of football Coronavirus Pandemic. Clubs at the top of the Premier League had hoped this change would be permanent like elsewhere in Europe, but it was rejected when sides, including Burnley vetoed the proposal.

Chelsea Manager Thomas Tuchel and his compatriot Klopp have been vocal in their criticism of not allowing five substitutions as they believe it does little to the benefit of the players involved. According to recent reports, the Premier League is again considering changing the law, with Klopp back on his podium arguing for the change.

And not for the first time Liverpool Boss specifically brought Burnley into the debate, suggesting “top-notch” stars need even more protection. “I haven’t opened it now but I can’t stop thinking about it,” said Klopp in his pre-match press conference.

“Five substitutions are essential. I think Scotland are planning six friendlies over the summer. Not all of them are about being better prepared going to the World Cup, it’s about the money and I understand that.”

“England have four games in one summer where there is no tournament for the first time in ages so what do we do? Oh good, we threw in a few games. We talk about how we players can rest and get through a season, but we can’t accept that top players play all the time, we just accept that they get injured more than other people, it really doesn’t make sense.”

Jurgen Klopp has continued his push for the reintroduction of five substitutes in Premier League games



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However, the vendetta against Sean Dyche’s side is nothing new for Klopp, who previously questioned the number of international players in his squad and claimed that the accumulation of fixtures affects teams at the top far more.

He explained: “You have to recover and rest every second. It’s really tough for the guys, not only for us but also for others. In my freshman year, the team had 63 games in 2015/16. There were no internationals involved in it only club.

“It won’t be much less this year, but it’s tough. We need to think about how to keep these world-class players (fresh). Sorry but during the international break I don’t know how many Burnley players are required for the national team, I don’t know.

Sean Dyche and Jurgen Klopp are on opposite sides of the debate


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“That’s the difference, but we let other people make the decisions for the top players. We have to do that (five subs). It’s not an advantage, it’s a necessity.”

Dyche responded to those claims in December last year, hinting that the additional changes would only benefit the league’s ‘super powers’ as they are able to build a stronger and deeper squad. “If you have a superpowered team with a bench that some of us are stunned by, then you would suggest that if you can field five of them at any given time it makes that club stronger.

“We initially had a series post-pandemic where we had a bench full of kids, we had no choice and had to move on and move on. I keep hearing the term player welfare. I have to be honest, I absolutely love the welfare of my players here – the way they are looked after.”

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