Roberto Firmino of Liverpool congratulates his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah after Sala scored the first goal of the game during his English Premier League soccer match at Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Dec., 16, 2020AP

Three days after beating Tottenham 2-1 in the heavyweight division, Liverpool are back in action on Saturday as they head to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace to top the English Premier League table with 28 points the Reds are trying to collect three important points on the road, which is not easy for them Jürgen Klopp’s team has only won one of six games, drawn four and lost the other Mo Salah increased his goalscoring rate against the Hotspurs and will try to top it off again against a Palace defense that has only scored seven goals in six home competitions Roy Hodgson’s side have to keep Salah’s big three, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at bay, in the hope that Wilfried Zaha will his team can offend

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) – Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp was unimpressed by the decision to leave the Premier League teams nine players on the bench instead of seven On Friday this is not a compromise for the rivals who are again against the use of five substitutes

England’s top division is the only major league in Europe this season that has not increased the number of substitutes from three to five during a game. Even the UK’s lower leagues and the FA Cup now have five subs will be

Klopp has been a vocal critic, saying that using a maximum of three substitutes would affect player wellbeing in a season with more muscle injuries

On Friday, the day after Premier League clubs allowed a nine-player bench to play, but turned down an option to switch from three to five subs in the game for the third time, Klopp’s mood was confused / p>

“Europe all have leagues, so there has to be a good reason for it – all of these leagues have competition, no?” he said

“In all of these leagues, every club wants to stay in the league, some clubs want to win the league, but surely everyone wants to stay in the league Here is the only country, pretty much the only league, where we do it differently”

Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leicester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield United, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers were the teams that voted against moving to five submarines in the game that believed the Changes would take place Take advantage of the clubs with larger cadres

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola also criticized the rule for reasons of wellbeing but opted not to make substitutions in his team’s 2-0 win over Fulham in December 5

Likewise, Klopp didn’t make a single change in his team’s 2-1 win over Tottenham in a match between the top two players in the league on Wednesday. The last time Liverpool made no substitutions in a game was 2004

Klopp made this decision, although his team had to play at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, in the earliest kick-off time in the 14th Round of league games

He previously complained about having to play in the Champions League on Wednesday night and then in the league on Saturday The quick turnaround increased the likelihood of injuries

“If two teams have exactly the same thing, the timing doesn’t improve, it’s just fair competition,” said Klopp. “Yes, we have that much more often than all the other teams, but that’s not the problem now.” p>

“We’ll see who can handle it better, but as a manager it’s the hardest”

Liverpool, who are in first place with three points, welcomed Thiago Alcantara back to training ground 17 this week for the first time since his serious knee injury against Everton in October in his first start since his move from Bayern Munich

The Spanish midfielder has not yet completed full team training and will not face Palace, with Klopp remaining cautious

“We were already joking here:” I think we should sign Thiago for January, huh? “said Klopp, who was named FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year on Thursday

“He’s getting closer and closer. He’s in a good way. But he shouldn’t speed it up, we can’t speed it up”

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