Everton midfielder Andros Townsend has had a dig at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as the German has been “moaning for years” about the need for five substitutes.
Klopp has consistently campaigned for five substitutions to be allowed in the Premier League.
It was confirmed earlier this year that a rule change had been approved, meaning clubs will now be able to make as many as five subs in league games.
This rule was initially used after the shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, though it did not continue from the start of the 2020/21 campaign.
Klopp has argued that this is part of the reason why muscle injuries have increased in the Premier League.
Everton star Townsend has now waded in on the debate. He believes the rule change is “unfair”:
“I love how Jurgen Klopp has found a way to get his way. He’s been moaning for years,” Townsend said (quotes via HITC).
“They have been pushing back, and finally, they have given him his five subs.
“He will probably still use two or three in the biggest games. But who are we to argue with him? In the biggest games, Liverpool and Manchester City, they use one or two subs. They don’t use the four. It’s the games against Crystal Palace or Brentford, they can’t break teams down, 11 behind the ball.
“Then it ‘right can we bring on five world-class internationals who are fresher and can change the game’. That’s where it becomes unfair.
“Clear a lot (Jurgen’s sway in the Premier League). I think we saw last season, even the season before, constantly banging on and banging on. Votes on votes on votes. Getting pushed back, then all of a sudden, they announced the five subs eventually.
“Last season again, moaning about the schedule, moaning about this and that, then all of a sudden, I think it was BT Sport putting a game on Saturday evening, which I had never seen before in the Premier League. All of this moaning, moaning puts pressure to give him what he wants and he has got what he wants on many occasions.”