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Guardiola reveals he and Klopp discussed need for five substitutions after Liverpool-Man City draw

19:46 GMT 08/11/2020
Jurgen Klopp Pep Guardiola
After seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold suffer a calf injury, the Manchester City and Liverpool coaches were in agreement on the need for a rule change

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he and Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp talked about the need to allow five substitutions in Premier League matches after Sunday's 1-1 draw.

While other leagues in Europe have allowed teams to make five changes during matches to help deal with congested fixture lists, clubs in the English top-flight voted against the idea and returned to a maximum of three substitutions.

Guardiola and Klopp have been vocal about their belief that more substitutions are needed to protect players, and seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold go down with a calf injury in the match at the Etihad Stadium brought the issue back up. 

When asked by BBC Sport's Match of the Day what he and his Liverpool counterpart discussed after the final whistle, Guardiola replied: "We talked about five substitutions. If people want to give microphones so we can give our opinions... English player, right-back is injured. 

"There are many guys with many, many cases. Around the world five subs are key, but here it's totally the opposite. We've talked about this many times."

He added to Sky Sports: "Trent Alexander-Arnold, international English player, now injured. 

"Here we believe we are more special, we don't protect the players, so that is why it is a disaster.

"This calendar came from a year before and I will demand for players to come back otherwise it will be difficult to maintain it."

Liverpool took the lead 13 minutes into the game when Mohamed Salah converted a penalty, with Gabriel Jesus firing in the equaliser later in the half.

City had a chance to go ahead shortly before the break when they were awarded a spot-kick, but Kevin De Bruyne missed the target.

"It was a tight game. We struggled in the first minutes because they had four players up front," Guardiola said. "[Sadio] Mane and Salah were playing between the lines then we adjusted after and had more control.

"The way they played and the way we behaved in response was incredible. I'm so proud of my players.

"The difference today was they got a penalty and we missed a penalty."

He added: "It is not easy to defend against Liverpool, normally they have three in attack and now four, they ran in behind and you cannot stay there and they play in between the players.

"It is not easy to play, but we adjusted a bit and had more courage to stay high. We made a good goal and unfortunately we missed a penalty. In games or opponents like Liverpool, if you miss a penalty is it more difficult."