‘We disappointed you … I am responsible’: Liverpool owner John W Henry apologizes to their fans, Jurgen Klopp and the players and says he will NOT walk away in the aftermath of the Super League fiasco
- Liverpool withdrew from the Super League on Tuesday after a furious protest
- After sitting still amid the rage, Liverpool owner John Henry finally stepped forward
- Henry apologized and took full responsibility for the club’s involvement
Liverpool owner John Henry has issued a gross apology ‘for the disruption I caused’ over the club’s involvement as a founding member of the now-collapsed Super League.
After two days of silence as widespread anger and anger erupted across Europe at the Super League’s proposals, Henry finally appeared in a video message saying: ‘I want to apologize to all Liverpool Football Club fans and supporters for the disturbance that i caused the last 48 hours.
It goes without saying, but it must be said that the proposed project would never last without the support of the fans. No one ever thought otherwise in England. During these 48 hours you were very clear that it was not going to last. We heard you. I heard you.
After days of silence, John Henry has apologized for the Super League debacle in Liverpool
Henry (center, pictured with wife Linda Pizzuti) apologized to Jurgen Klopp and his players
And I want to apologize to Jurgen, to Billy (Hogan, club chief executive), to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud. They have absolutely no responsibility for this disturbance. They were the most upset and dishonest. This is what hurts the most. They love your club and do everything they can to make you proud every day.
“I know that the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion it takes to restore trust and move us forward. When we signed up for the challenges associated with football over a decade ago, we dreamed of what you dreamed of. And we have worked hard to improve your club. Our work is not finished yet. And I hope you understand that even when we make mistakes, we try to work for the benefit of your club. I have abandoned you in this endeavor.
Again, I’m sorry, and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity that has been brought out in recent days. It is something that I will not forget. And shows how much power the fans have today and rightly will continue to have.
“If there is one thing that this terrible pandemic has clearly shown, it is how crucial fans are to our sport and to every sport. It is displayed in every empty stadium. It has been an incredibly difficult year for all of us; hardly anyone untouched.
‘It is important that the Liverpool football family remains intact, vital and committed to what we have seen of you around the world, with local gestures of kindness and support. I can promise I will do what I can to promote that. ‘
Henry pictured at Melwood’s Liverpool training ground in 2010, next to a bust of Bill Shankly, the club’s most iconic manager. Henry admitted on Wednesday that he has left the club
Henry and his wife Linda celebrate Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League victory
The Liverpool side responded to the Super League plans on Tuesday evening, with the entire team sharing messages on their social media platforms: ‘We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen. This is our collective position. Our commitment to this football club and its supporters is absolute and unconditional. ‘
It came after Liverpool boss Klopp had to deal with the music on Monday night surrounding the club’s Premier League game against Leeds.
Klopp’s opposition to the Super League was known – he had spoken out against it in 2019.
On Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football he said, ‘My opinion did not change. I heard about it for the first time yesterday (Sunday) and if you’re trying to prepare for a really tough game like Leeds United and so far we have some information, not much to be honest – you can read most of it.
‘It’s a difficult one that people are not happy about, I can understand that but I honestly can’t say much about it. We weren’t involved in any process, me and the players we didn’t know about. We will have to wait and see how it develops.
The Liverpool team shared messages on social media on Tuesday evening and opposed the Super League proposals in unison
Klopp was visibly unhappy to have to face the club’s plans to bring the Super League to life – it was a proposal he had been very strongly against in recent years.
‘I am 53 years old since I first became a professional, the Champions League was there. As a manager it was my goal to coach a team there. I like the Champions League, the competitive factor of football. I like that West Ham is playing the Champions League next year. I don’t want them to do that because we want to do that. But they have such an opportunity.
‘What can I say? Liverpool is much more than some decisions and the most important thing in football is the supporters and the teams and we have to make sure nothing gets in between them. ‘
Liverpool captain on the evening, James Milner, underlined his opposition to the plans, saying: ‘I don’t like it and I hope it doesn’t happen.’