Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp slams ten Premier League clubs who voted against five sub rule introduction

JURGEN KLOPP blasted the ten clubs who rejected the use of five subs for a third time.

Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Sheffield United, West Ham and Wolves all voted against five subs.

It means the Prem is the only top division in Europe not allowed them.

Clubs did opt to increase the number of players on the bench to nine as the row over player welfare rumbles on.

But Liverpool boss Klopp, who won the Fifa Best Coach award this week, said: “I don’t think it’s a compromise.

“Everybody knows my thoughts. Everyone knows ten clubs voted against it.

“There must be a good reason for it. Every club wants to stay in the league and some want to win the league.

“This is not about advantages or competition, only about player welfare. And they voted against it.

“Pretty much everyone else in the world has five subs but here we are pretty much the only league to do it differently.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard thinks he will be accused of 'whining' by voicing his concerns.

He said: “Normally, I think the modern-day player welfare, employee welfare, comes out on top. I don’t think it quite has this time but the decision has been made and we need to carry on.

“It’s a difficult one to talk about because people think you’re whining too much. I just thought it was something that would help player welfare and it hasn’t got through.

“It’s a case of making sure that we are looking after the players and giving them the best opportunity to perform at an optimum level and not putting them at risk.

“We play two games in two days over Christmas so it would have been really beneficial for player welfare.”

Five subs gives you more options to change it again if you feel yourplayers are tired or in danger of getting injured

Tuesday’s defeat at Wolves was Chelsea’s third game without a win.

Lamps said: “We looked tired but it was hard for me to make that last sub.

“Five subs gives you more options to change it again if you feel your  players are tired or in danger of getting injured.

“Some clubs decided it was in their better interests not to have the subs. That overrode what we felt.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola added: “Some agree, some don’t. We’ll go with it.”

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