“It’s like we’re going back 10 to 15 years,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said, urging the Premier League to reconsider regulation revisions in order to protect players. During Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley, Klopp was dissatisfied with a handful of challenges.
Before the start of the new season, officials advised clubs that “trivial acts” would not be penalized in order to improve game flow. “If you want that type of thing, watch wrestling,” Klopp told BT Sport. Despite Burnley surrendering 12 free kicks, referee Mike Dean did not issue any yellow cards at a sold-out Anfield on Saturday.
Klopp was irritated by Ashley Barnes’ and Chris Wood’s challenges, and wondered if the rule changes were having a bad affect on the game.
“We had to be ready for a proper fight at all times, and we were today,” Klopp remarked. “You witnessed these challenges with [Ashley] Barnes and [Chris] Wood, as well as Virgil [van Dijk] and Joel [Matip], and Virgil [van Dijk] and Joel [Matip].” I’m not convinced that these decisions are being made in the proper direction.
Source: BBC Sport