Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp says he was “surprised” by the choice to revert to a few substitutes when the Premier League begins this weekend.
Premier League managers had been allowed to call 20 gamers and make 5 substitutions when the 2019-20 season resumed from its coronavirus shutdown.
But in contrast to different leagues in Europe, the Premier League will revert to squads of 18 with three allowed adjustments.
“My concern is only about player welfare and nothing else,” Klopp stated.
“I don’t know why we had to discuss it. The whole of Europe is doing it.”
Champions Liverpool host promoted Leeds on Saturday (17:30 BST) and given the season begins late due to the disruption attributable to coronavirus, Klopp is worried gamers will face new calls for in finishing a marketing campaign in a condensed interval.
“I believed from a typical sense viewpoint that this yr, and solely this yr, not endlessly, we might have 20 and 5.
“It’s not about having a bonus as a result of we will carry 5 prime gamers on. I do not like that we handled this factor primarily based on the fallacious details.
“It’s about participant welfare and it is about having the very best high quality within the video games for all groups. I used to be actually shocked after I heard the league determined towards it.
“So you need to rotate extra, you want numbers, I do not know for those who want extra gamers however you want match gamers to rotate and face these challenges.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard stated he was additionally shocked by the choice, including that the Blues had “fought exhausting” to keep five substitutes because of the “totally different challenges” his gamers are dealing with.
“I feel we now have to concentrate on the welfare of the gamers,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I’m not complaining – I’m simply saying it is one thing to control.
“I certainly would have welcomed having extra subs to make sure we are looking after the players when we have got all these games and we are not sure what the future holds.”
‘Nice to be linked’ – Klopp coy on transfers
Klopp’s first problem of the season towards Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds facet arrives as golf equipment proceed to conduct enterprise in the summertime switch window.
Liverpool’s lack of an attention grabbing acquisition has been hotly debated by some supporters and Klopp refused to be drawn on hyperlinks with Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
“It’s nice we are linked but that is pretty much it,” added the German, who has solely signed left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas from Olympiakos this summer time.
“A good player linked to a big club, that is nice and all that I can say on it.”
Klopp additionally stated he’s but to determine which gamers in his squad can go away on mortgage and insisted midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was “absolutely fine” on the membership regardless of being within the remaining 9 months of his contract and closely linked with a transfer to Barcelona.
“I can’t speak about a few years, but it’s all good for the moment,” Klopp added. “You know the situation – between me, Gini and the club, everything is fine.”
‘We will assault title, not defend it’
Klopp’s facet led final season’s Premier League from August till its delayed completion in July and ended with an 18-point hole over Manchester City in second place.
Despite the cushion, City begin the brand new marketing campaign as odds-on favourites with bookmakers to regain the title.
“Winning the league last year is the best problem you can have,” Klopp added. “If it is an issue then I do not realize it, however all people else is giving me a sense that it needs to be an issue.
“I did not perceive the time period ‘defend the title’. Maybe I’m not sensible sufficient.
“We confirmed we will go for it within the final two years. We do not take that with no consideration, but when the title is on the market then we assault it. That’s how I’ve all the time understood it so why ought to that change?
“It doesn’t suggest we’ll win it however it’s there to be attacked. That is how I perceive it. No video games, no factors, let’s go for it.”