Gary Neville shoots down Klopp over what Liverpool manager didn’t need to do

Gary Neville has slammed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for what he “didn’t need to do”, following the German’s comments on the rejected substitution rule.

The Reds boss was one of the most vocal in calling for five substitutions to be reintroduced to the Premier League as he deals with an injury crisis.

But he was dealt a blow when the top-flight teams rejected the rule change on Thursday.

Newcastle, Sheffield United, West Ham, Wolves, Leeds, Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Leicester were the 10 sides who voted against it.

And Klopp showed his frustrations on Friday, saying in the pre-match press conference ahead of taking on the Eagles: “There are 10 clubs who voted against it, everybody knows who they are.

“It is not about competition or advantages, it was about player welfare and I am pretty sure only them have voted against it in the whole world if I am right.

“I don’t know how many other clubs have five subs. There must be a reason for it? For sure, all of them want to stay in the league.

“Here, pretty much the only league, even in this country as even the Championship I think is different, that doesn’t do it (have only three subs).”

But Sky Sports pundit Neville believed that Klopp has demonstrated some bad management on the issue.

He wrote to his 4.2million followers: “And he played his best players in moments he didn’t need to!

“And being honest, he’s my favourite manager in the world in terms of his football style and his personality.

“He’s amazing but he has this wrong.”

This refers to Klopp’s decision to play Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho in the Champions League draw against Midtjylland, having already secured a place in the round-of-32.

It saw the Portuguese forward, who has scored nine goals in his first 17 games at Anfield, pick up a injury that will keep him out for a month to six weeks.

The issue saw Klopp go on an explosive rant live on TV last month over the issue.

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