What happened at latest Premier League meeting over five substitutes rule change

Jurgen Klopp’s frustrations over Premier League substitutions are set to continue – after no clubs raised any issue with the current situation at Thursday’s Premier League meeting.

As it stands, there will be no introduction of return to five substitutions for the remainder of the season.

A number of managers, including Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have voiced their frustration at only being allowed to make three subs during the 2020-21 campaign.

Premier League clubs had been allowed to make five changes during Project Restart last season.

But the Premier League twice voted against continuing with five subs before the start of the current campaign.

Since then, the EFL have voted and changed things, allowing managers to make five subs in matches if they see fit.

Milner became the latest player to suffer a muscle injury at the weekend

And despite Klopp’s recent claim that 15 of the 20 top-flight managers are in favour of making the change, it was not on the agenda at Thursday’s meeting, nor was it brought up.

The impact of fixture congestion and the enhanced number of muscle injuries – comparative to recent seasons – had led to suggestions that change could be afoot.

When it was last voted upon in September, the proposal gained only nine votes.

After losing James Milner to injury at Brighton on Saturday, and with Andy Robertson playing to the final whistle despite struggling himself, Klopp claimed the backing of 14 other managers.

He also took aim at Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, following his “world-class politician” jibe; Wilder has been adamant in his backing for the current system, because he believes it benefits his side.

Klopp and Wilder are on opposite sides of the issue

“Chris Wilder says I am selfish. I think all the things he says are selfish,” stated Klopp, speaking to BT Sport on Saturday.

“I was in a similar situation as he is when I worked at Mainz – all about staying in the league.

“But they now have three subs, and one point, if I’m right, so there’s no advantage or disadvantage.

“If I had five subs today, I bring on Kostas for Robbo, to save Robbo. It’s about saving players.”

What was on the docket on Thursday was further talks over what fans must do when they return to grounds.

The first Premier League match with supporters in attendance will be West Ham vs Manchester United on Saturday.

A number of sources state that the Premier League will go further than the Government’s demands with fans being made to wear face masks at all times ,temperature and ID checks, and strict enforcement of social distancing.

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