Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have both slammed Premier League bosses as injuries to key players continue to pile up. Manchester City came from behind to draw 1-1 with Liverpool at the Etihad, but the champions suffered, what looked, the latest in a long line of injury blows.
Trent Alexander-Arnold left the pitch with a supposed calf injury, with Klopp confirming “it was not cool”.
Guardiola took aim at league officials, claiming they aren’t doing enough to protect the players.
He said: “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.”
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Klopp stated the right-back will not be on England duty this week and once again, pushed for the Premier League to re-introduce the five substitute rule.
That was put in following Project Restart last season, but after the 20 top-flight clubs voted on the issue, it was decided that it would return to the traditional three.
On that, Klopp said: “It’s a lack of leadership. All the other teams have to understand. It’s not an advantage, it’s an necessity. We have to talk again. Masters sold it completely wrong. Only big league with 3 subs.
“Again, we have to talk again about the 5 subs. Maybe if 14 teams say no and six do then let us make 5 subs when we play each other.
“Trent will be out for England. We don’t know what he has but he won’t play for England.”
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Guardiola was happy with his team’s showing as Gabriel Jesus’ smart finish cancelled out a penalty scored by Mohamed Salah.
“A tight game, they started well,” he added. “We conceded a goal and conceded a penalty like at Leicester. It was tight, in the second half we had a more clear chances but a draw is a fair result.
“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.
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“Three games, three goals for Gabriel Jesus, he did not train much so he did really good.
“When you cannot win in 80-85 minutes, you cannot lose it. When you play against a contender like Liverpool, you have to try and win but you cannot lose.
“We know each other quite well.”
Liverpool missed out on the opportunity to go back to the top of the table, while Man City remain in the bottom half with 12 points from their opening seven games.
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