Kevin Phillips has admitted he was baffled Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp did not make any substitutions after taking the lead against Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Premier League striker claimed it was “crazy” the German did not use all three substitutions when he has been calling for clubs to be allowed to make five subs.
On Thursday Premier League clubs voted against five substitutions being introduced for the third time with 10 of the 20 top-flight clubs voting against the proposal.
Both Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have been vocal proponents of the rule change with the German claiming having five subs is a “necessity” to prevent injuries.
However, against Spurs on Wednesday night, the German did not make a single sub.
“The Premier League have now voted against the five sub rule and it is tough,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“Klopp did not make any subs against Tottenham and then there is Guardiola, he does not make many either but they have both been moaning about it. It is just a crazy situation.
“It was interesting to see that when they took the lead, even though it was late on, that he did not make any substitutes.
“There can be nothing around it now because the clubs have voted against it. There is nothing Klopp or Guardiola can do now.”
Liverpool were without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Xhederan Shaqiri, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota against Spurs due to injury.
Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita have all also missed games this season with injury.