Premier League: Klopp and Guardiola Say Five Substitutes Rule to be Reintroduced

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola calls on revision of fixture schedule and re-introduction of five substitutions

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola call on the revision of the fixture schedule and re-introduction of five substitutions.

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have joined forces in putting pressure on the Premier League to improve player welfare by reintroducing five substitutions this season – and lawmakers have given the proposal the green light.

The Manchester City and Liverpool managers led the charge on Friday for the rule to return, amid concern over mounting muscular injuries and discontent that English football has not followed Europe’s lead.

Top-flight clubs were able to use five substitutes during Project Restart but those outside the elite argued it offered an unfair advantage to larger squads.

Reports indicate that the game’s lawmakers IFAB (International Football Association Board) have confirmed that they would not block any mid-season U-turn, paving the way for clubs to discuss the issue at the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting.

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have also spoken of their frustration at the three substitutes rule this week.