Ex-Fifa official: Jurgen Klopp may have held behind-the-scenes Premier League talks amid emphatic Liverpool claim

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may have held behind-the-scenes talks with the Premier League but has little influence on major law changes.

That is the view of ex-Uefa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Klopp’s influence.

 

Everton winger Andros Townsend told talkSPORT last month (27 June), via Sport Bible, that the 55-year-old was behind changes in the TV schedule and the reintroduction of five substitutes.

The Premier League allowed five replacements when football resumed after the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 but bucked the trend across Europe by abandoning it for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.

“I think the man who influences the thinking of anything that impacts the game in terms of a law point of view is Arsene Wenger,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“For me, the most influential person around some of these changes is him. His knowledge of the game is without question, both locally here in England and internationally, through his role.

 

“If the game doesn’t listen to the top managers, then what does it do? People like Pep Guardiola and others are listened to, they go to meetings at Uefa, not Fifa and there’s technical debate and these sorts of things come out.

“In the context of the game, there are high-level medical people at Uefa and Fifa who are looking at the health of individuals.

“I have no doubts that Klopp, along with Guardiola and others like David Moyes are experienced people and very good communicators and I used to listen to top managers.

 

“I wanted to express to them I had concerns about how players were behaving and how they were creating difficulty.

“At the same time, I explained why players received a yellow card when they remove their shirts. They weren’t happy with that but when I explain the safety issues around crowd surges and people being injured then there was an understanding.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Liverpool FFP status is now in doubt after a “ludicrous” Uefa rule change.

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