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Jurgen Klopp bemused by Premier League's decision to vote against five substitutes

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised his fellow Premier League associates for voting down the use of five substitutes in league games for the third time this season.

The Premier League is the only top division in Europe not to allow five substitutes in a fixture and the only league in England's top four divisions as well, after the English Football League (EFL) ruled to allow teams in the Championship, League One and League Two to make use of the International Football Association Board's (IFAB) rule.

However, clubs have voted to expand the number of players on benches from seven to nine, as was seen during Project Restart.

Klopp wasn't sure that voting for this was a suitable "compromise".

"Everybody knows my opinions about it," Klopp added. "Everyone knows 10 clubs voted against it. It was not about advantages, it was only about player welfare. And they voted against it.

"Pretty much only they voted against them in the whole world.

"I don't know which other leagues only have three subs. There must be a good reason for it, for all these leagues and clubs to vote for it."

Premier League colleague Mikel Arteta was also left questioning the decision to vote against the introduction of the rule.

When asked on whether he could see both sides of the argument, with teams further down the league seemingly voting against it because they view it as a rule that would benefit the bigger side, Artete said: "At the moment no, because the most important thing is the welfare of the players and the best way to protect them and have options to protect them is to have the option to extend the substitutes.

"We [the Premier League] are the only ones doing that [in Europe]. For me it doesn't make a lot of sense.

"But we are pushing, we are giving a lot of stats, giving our opinions. We have a lot of stats to support what's happening in the Premier League in terms of injuries but still there is no reaction."

Author: Jake Wilkin