Liverpool will be entering this season as defending champions. The Reds will be the team to beat given their freakish consistency over the last two campaigns but many are beginning to wonder if they can keep up their remarkable form given the lack of significant transfer activity. Liverpool could, however, benefit from a rule change that has been endorsed by Jürgen Klopp.
Five subs law
When Project Restart began there were a few changes made to the way we play football.
One adjustment was the introduction of drinks breaks in the middle of each half, a move which paid off for Liverpool as they bagged a goal immediately after a pause for hydration against Aston Villa.
Another change was the allowal of five substitutions per game. Both of these changes have since been scrapped but there is talk of the clubs voting again on whether or not to keep the five subs law.
Liverpool boss backs rule change
Speaking after the Community Shield loss on Saturday, the Liverpool boss backed the rule change, saying:
“Yes [I’m in favour]. I know the discussion will then go again of whether it is an advantage for the bigger clubs.
“Look, I don’t discuss it from that point of view, I don’t want to have an advantage in the competition or whatever. We have 38 Premier League games in a four-week-shorter season, that says it all.
“All the other competitions will be pretty much the same as far as I know, so that means that these things will help.”
Reds would benefit
Liverpool would benefit from such a rule change for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, the Reds play some of the most intense football on the planet, it demands a lot of the players having to press for the whole 90 minutes, hounding the opposition.
Being able to make five substitutions throughout the game would help the Reds maintain this intensity until the final whistle.
We would also be able to give more game time to emerging youth players, at the minute having three subs limits the amount of opportunities the coach has to give game time to these prospects.
Fingers crossed the boss will get his wish, it’s always nice to see as many of the Reds as possible.