Frustrated Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hits out at Premier League compromise

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was not happy as the news came through that the Premier League will not extend three substitutions to five.

It has been a rule that has been enforced throughout Europe, with the Premier League the only major league not to take part.

And Klopp has been a huge advocate of the law change, with his Reds squad hit hard by injuries this season.

But with 14 clubs needed to vote for the measures, 10 voted against.

However, there was a compromise with the Premier League extending the bench positions from seven to nine.

Klopp, though, was largely unimpressed by this change and told the clubs who voted against the answer why.

"It's two different decisions. I'm not sure it's a compromise," he said about the change in bench numbers.

"I cannot do you a favour to create headlines, everyone knows what I think about it.

"You have to ask other people. There were 10 clubs who voted against it.

"It was not about advantages, only player welfare. Only them voted against it in Europe, in the world.

"There must be a reason for it. Every club wants to stay in the league, some win the league.

"But here's pretty much the only league, because the Championship decided differently. It's not for me to give an answer."

Meanwhile, there was some reason to be optimistic after Klopp revealed that there is a chance that Thiago Alcantara could return to training next week.

The Spaniard has been out of action for much of the season, playing in just two matches with injuries and coronavirus taking a toll.

Klopp said: "He is [eager to return]. We already made jokes here, I think we should sign Thiago for January.

"He's getting closer and closer, it's a good way, but we will not rush it, we cannot rush it. He will not because he's not allowed to rush it.

"It's nice having him training, doing a lot of stuff, but he's not in team training yet. That's the final step. We will see.

"Next week, can he be in team training? I don't know 100 per cent.

"He has to pass a few tests on the pitch until we make that decision. With Milly [James Milner], Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] it will be similar."

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