UEFA have confirmed that teams will be allowed to make five substitutions in Champions League matches throughout the 2020/21 campaign.

Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA president, has revealed that teams will have nine substitutes on their benches this season with five allowed to be brought onto the pitch during the game. This means that Liverpool will have more options to use in the Champions League this season, in the group stages and possibly beyond.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool acknowledges the fans after the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match between Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid at Anfield on March 11, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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The Premier League opted against this rule, with the standard seven substitutes and three changes allowed in English football this season.


This could give Jurgen Klopp a great chance to hand more minutes to some of the players on the fringes of his first-team squad. Players who are not playing regularly in the Premier League now have a greater chance of getting game time in the Champions League, due to Klopp having more opportunities to bring them onto the pitch with this confirmation from UEFA.

It could also allow Klopp to bed in some younger players to aid their development this season. The likes of Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott could all benefit from playing minutes in the Champions League off the bench – even if it is just 15 minutes at the end of a group stage win. It gives them the experience of playing in Europe’s premier competition and can help boost their confidence knowing that they have a chance of playing.

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