Change of five substitutes ‘saved football’, says Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders

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Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders believes the introduction of five Premier League substitutes this season has “saved football”.

The number of substitutions was temporarily increased by three when football resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic in the summer of 2020.

The International Football Association Board agreed to keep this rule in place permanently last October, but the Premier League has reverted to three changes per game for the past two seasons.

However, top-flight clubs agreed earlier this year to allow five replacements from the start of the 2022-23 campaign – news welcomed by Liverpool assistant Lijnders.

“The big thing this season and I think the most decisive aspect of this season will be how the teams use the five substitutes because it will change the Premier League massively,” he told the news agency. PA.

“We’re really happy with that because it means we can play intensely from the first minute to the 95th minute – (so that’s) how to use the squad, how to deal with the fact that we play every three days.

“I think the rule saved football, in my opinion, because if you want to play every three days, it was one of the must-haves.

“I’m really glad the Premier League saw it, the clubs saw it but I also think it’s a weapon.”

Pep Lijnders and Jurgen Klopp have welcomed the Premier League rule change (Nick Potts/PA)

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have both criticized failing to adopt the changes for the latest domestic league campaign despite being allowed in European competitions as well as for England National Cup matches.

The changes come into place for a season like no other, with the World Cup halfway through the campaign in Qatar.

It’s an empowering dynamic that Lijnders wrote about in his new book. ‘Intensity’ – the inside story of how Liverpool’s 2021-22 campaign unfolded.

“In the book, it will explain very well how busy we were three quarters of a year ago, how we were already planning this season in terms of where do we go, what do we want,” the assistant said. of the Reds.

“We decided to go to Dubai. It’s close (to Qatar) so the players can come back quickly, so they can prepare quickly again with the team, and it gives us real time to prepare for the second sprint of the season.

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