Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘is furious at FSG for agreeing to participate in the European Super League
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly furious with the Liverpool owners for announcing their intention to join the European Super League ahead of his side’s clash with Leeds.
The Reds are one of 12 teams that have signed up for the breakaway league, along with five other Premier League clubs: Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.
According to The athleticKlopp was extremely unhappy with the club’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, about their willingness to participate in the Super League and the timing of the announcement just before a crucial game.
Jurgen Klopp was furious with the Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool for their decision to join the European Super League: (LR) Chairman Tom Werner, Klopp, owner John Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti
Klopp has previously spoken out against the idea of a Super League and the manager insisted that his opinion had not changed in his pre-game interview last night.
He told Sky Sports: ‘My opinion did not change. I first heard about it yesterday 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. ‘
Leeds wore t-shirts with ‘Earn It’ on the front and ‘Football Is For The Fans’ on the back
A Liverpool shirt was burned before kick-off by angry fans outside Elland Road
A red flag was also flown over the stadium with the text: ‘#SayNoToSuperLeague’
Liverpool got the chance to climb back to the top four with a win at Elland Road.
Klopp is said to have urged his side not to be distracted by the reaction in a meeting with his players on Monday morning, but they were unable to take three points in West Yorkshire.
Sadio Mane’s strike in the first half was nullified by a late equalizer by Diego Llorente, leaving the Reds in sixth place.
Klopp was also upset about the treatment of his staff and players. They were reportedly shocked by the abuse directed at them during the pre-match walk in Leeds and when their team bus arrived at the stadium.
A Liverpool shirt was burned while supporters chanted ‘scum’ and ‘greedy b *******’ and a banner was flown over the stadium during the game.
“I have nothing to do with it, but people treat us like that,” Klopp said after the game.
‘Leeds fans are shouting at us in town and here tonight. We have nothing to do with this. Club employees. When I’m involved I take the criticism, same with the players, but we’re not involved in this.
“The Leeds fans were yelling at us as if I had said, ‘Let’s go to the Super League’. We are talking about people. With all the things that are being written, people should not forget that. It’s an emotional situation. ‘
Liverpool players would be shocked by the abuse they have received in West Yorkshire
The Leeds players warmed up in t-shirts against the Super League that read ‘Earn It’ on the front and ‘Football Is For The Fans’.
The T-shirts were left in the Liverpool locker room, but Klopp described them as a ‘joke’ with his players choosing not to wear them.
“If someone thinks he should remind us that you have to earn a place in the Champions League, it’s a joke, it’s a real joke and it makes me angry,” Klopp said before kick-off.
The Liverpool boss also reacted angrily to comments from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville about the club’s ‘You’re Never Walk Alone’ anthem.
After announcing the Super League on Sunday, Neville said: ‘I’m a Manchester United fan and I’ve been doing that for 40 years of my life, but I’m absolutely disgusted. I am most disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool.
“Liverpool, they pretend You Never Walk Alone, the people’s club, the fans club.”
Commenting on the expert’s comments, Klopp said: Gary Neville is talking about You Never Walk Alone. That should be illegal to be fair, ”he told Sky.
‘Because we have a lot of right to sing that national anthem, that’s our national anthem and not his and he doesn’t get it anyway, so I really don’t want this kind of thing because it’s not fair.
The Reds boss was not happy that Leeds had left t-shirts in their dressing room for kick-off
‘I understand all the talk and I don’t like it either. But I don’t talk about other clubs like this, you can be emotional, but I wish Gary Neville would be on a hot seat somewhere and not where the most money is.
‘He was at Manchester United, Sky all these things. Remember, we have nothing to do with it. We are in the same situation as all of you, we have received information and we have yet to play football. ‘
Neville then defended his comments in the studio, saying, ‘Why isn’t it fair? I have insulted Liverpool many times over the years, yesterday had nothing to do with insulting Liverpool.
‘I don’t know why I’m living in his head to be honest, I don’t know what enriched him so much.
Yesterday was a passionate plea about football and I said my biggest disappointment was equally at Manchester United and Liverpool, so I don’t know what his problem is.
‘He’s talking about hotseat, I worked at Manchester United for 25 years and then 11 years at Sky and I worked hard for that. I didn’t get it and left where the most money is.
Klopp hit Sky Sports Gary Neville for his comments on Liverpool’s ‘You’re Never Walk Alone’ anthem
‘I had no choice. Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t say “Gary, do you want to stay here?” every year.
“I employ 600 people in the city and try to care for them during a pandemic. Isn’t that a chair warm enough for him?
‘He’s done a great job at Liverpool, I have no problem with Klopp, I loved his team, but the fact is he’s spiky, he’s been abandoned by his owners who threw him under the bus.
‘We are actually on the same team. But the fact is, he can’t say what he wants to say and I can.
“The Klopp that I know he hates about this is against everything he believes in.”