Jurgen Klopp Responds To Neville’s Claims Of The Liverpool Manager Not Having A Point About Fatigue: The Liverpool manager hit out at Neville’s comments of Klopp only interested in benefitting Liverpool.
One of the most boisterous and vociferous advocates of the five substitute rule, Jurgen Klopp was passionately backed a reintroduction of the rule for the ongoing edition of the Premier League. However, his assiduous willingness to bring back the rule hasn’t been greeted kindly by all quarters with their being a string of managers and commentators who have spoken against the Liverpool man.
Gary Neville who is often known to have a prejudice against Liverpool and Klopp joined the pile of names out to smear Klopp. He said the Liverpool manager was unsubstantiated in his claims of fatigue and a hectic schedule as he tried to build his own argument against Klopp.
“He should not think I am like him”: Klopp Responds To Neville’s Claims
However, Klopp didn’t take to the outlandish comments too kindly. Known not to take things lying down, Klopp besmirched Neville for his comments, saying Neville should stop thinking he approaches things in the same manner Neville does.
“I heard now Gary Neville said I didn’t understand it. I can’t remember what he said exactly. But it’s not about Liverpool.
“Whatever he thinks is maybe evidence of how he would do it, how he would deal with a situation like that. But he cannot, or should not think I am like him because I am not like him. I speak about all the players,” Klopp said as he ripped into Neville.
Klopp Confirms Premier League’s Refusal To Reintroduce The Five Substitute Rule
The Premier League which had met earlier on Thursday failed to shed light on the ongoing issue of once again brining back the five substitute rule, Klopp confirmed during the interview.
“I told you about the facts, that in the managers meeting, if we would have voted that day, which we were not allowed to, it would have been through 100% with 15 or 16 votes, whatever.”
“That it didn’t happen since then is a sign some shareholders and CEOs and sporting directors see differently from their managers. That is not a good sign, really, to be honest.
“These people now really ignore player welfare. Coaches don’t do that anymore but these people do it, and that’s not okay.
“I got numbers from the Scottish league, they had 65% substitutions for load management 30% for tactical reasons and 5% for injury reasons.
“I don’t have the English numbers for the moment because it takes a while to get them and it looks completely different here.
“How is that, when people tell me now that we don’t make enough changes anyway? The problem with the three subs is that if you’re 100% it’s a two-sub rule at the moment.
“The third sub you always have to keep, sometimes two subs, because you see on the pitch so many players on the edge and you don’t know who goes down first. That’s the problem.
“I know what people said about it and I was kind of disappointed or angry in some moments. I’m not, it’s just the right thing to do.
“I’m pretty sure it is a fact. I’m sure we will discuss it early again, because of the influence of three subs.
“Now pretty much all teams have to play every three days, it will be massive for everybody from now on and every team will feel the difference.
“And next summer it will become a problem for Gareth Southgate. All of the players Gareth wants to pick play football most of them, pretty much all.
“Most of them are playing three times a week, to do that from February, on again, and play three times a week all the time. Gareth will get what we give him if we stick with three subs.
“If we stick with three subs, he has a problem then, so it is an FA problem. My understanding, and Scott Parker mentioned it in the manager meeting, he said three subs would be better because five subs suit bigger squads.