Pep Guardiola has revealed that he and Jurgen Klopp were discussing their bafflement with the lack of five substitutes in the Premier League following the full-time whistle in Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool.
An entertaining game at the Etihad finished 1-1, but Klopp will be worried about his right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was taken off injured in the second half.
It has already been confirmed that the 22-year-old will miss England’s three upcoming games, and it remains to be seen exactly how long he is out for.
Many believe the increasing number of injuries in the Premier League are due to the lack of substitutes available in a hectic fixture list, with the powers-that-be deciding to revert to a maximum of three switches per game instead of the five permitted at the end of last season.
And speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Guardiola lifted the lid on his conversation with Klopp about the topic.
“We didn’t speak about the result, we spoke about how we must fight again and again about five substitutions,” Guardiola said.
“Look – an England international player, Trent Alexander-Arnold, he’s injured. All around the world there are five substitutes but here we believe we are more special people.
“We don’t protect the players and that’s why it’s a disaster. I will demand, if the people allow my voice, that we bring back five substitutions to help the players, the managers and everyone.
“If not it is difficult to sustain it.”
On the match itself, Guardiola added: “It was a tight game. We struggled in the first minutes because they had four players up front.
“Mane and Salah were playing between the lines then we adjusted after and had more control.
“The way they played and the way we behaved in response was incredible. I’m so proud of my players.
“The difference today was they got a penalty and we missed a penalty.”
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