Frank Lampard agrees with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp regarding the disappointment about the Premier League rule.


Klopp believes that in view of the shortened schedule for the 2020/21 campaign, teams should be allowed to continue to make five changes during the games.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, following Jurgen Klopp, expressed his disappointment that the Premier League clubs have decided not to allow five substitutions per game this season.

Frank Lampard fully agrees with Jurgen Klopp and believes that the Premier League has “dropped the ball” on the rule.

However, after the Premier League clubs voted against the proposal at the shareholders’ meeting in September, the head of the Reds expressed his frustration at this move.

The five substitutions rule was introduced as part of Project Restart in June and will also be applied in the Champions League this season.

“Just like the whole world does, at least all of Europe, but that’s the way it is. It’s just going to be difficult, but it’s always difficult, so it’s not new.

he said: “So it’s about compressing a normal season into a shorter period of time, which will be a real challenge, especially with the wonderful rule we’ve pretty much set up with 18 [players in the squad]and three [substitutes].

“By the way, it’s all about the well-being of the players – that’s what I wanted to say, nothing else, but I don’t know why we have to discuss this at all.

“The ball was certainly dropped when the Premier League turned away from having five substitutes,” he said.

And now Lampard has expressed his own frustration with Premier League clubs who voted against continuing five substitutions per game in the new campaign.

“These are unprecedented times in terms of situations for football. It will continue, in the short term it is not going anywhere.

“We will try to manage it as best we can. We are lucky to have a big squad here.

“The demands on the players are enormous for any club. I’m not just talking about my squad, but about every football player who is challenged to play day in, day out, and the risk of injury. This has changed the landscape.

“It could certainly have a big impact this year, more than any other year. It will be a season like no other, and none of us can control that. We can’t control the injuries that come at different times.

“At the same time we want to do our best, the pressure is great and the players want to get the right results.

“You can’t always read them, whether they are impact injuries like (Virgil) Van Dijk, which was big news, or muscle injuries, which we see more of at this stage of the season”.


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