Liverpool are CENSORING Super League criticism: Jurgen Klopp’s comments criticising the Dirty Dozen’s plot are EXCLUDED from club’s press conference transcript… and Reds CANCEL today’s ‘address to all staff’
Premier League champions Liverpool appear to be ignoring any criticism aimed at them and any mention of their role in the highly controversial European Super League.
The Reds and the rest of the so-called Big Six of the Premier League have faced a furious backlash after the unveiling of proposals for a breakaway tournament on Sunday.
There were protests outside grounds around the country on Monday at the scheme put forward by Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham together with six leading Spanish and Italian clubs.
Jurgen Klopp is said to be ‘furious’ with Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group over their role in a controversial breakaway European Super League
On Monday night, Klopp stood by his critical comments from 2019 regarding a Super League
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hit out at the plans by his owners before and after Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Leeds, yet there is no mention of his comments on the subject on the club’s official website.
The German’s usual press conference transcript is notably missing his answers given to questions on the European Super League, with just three responses shamefully included from his 12-minute Q&A at Elland Road.
According to The Athletic, Klopp is ‘furious’ at the situation Fenway Sports Group have put him in and the lack of communication between the boardroom and manager’s office before the proposals were made public.
The timing of the announcement has also angered the German, with Monday night’s game at Leeds a crucial fixture in Liverpool’s bid to finish in a Champions League spot.
Klopp revealed he had held a meeting with his team on Monday morning but, with little extra information available to them at the time, urged his players to ignore the noise and focus on the task at hand.
Liverpool owner John Henry is one of the brains behind the controversial Super League plans
Speaking before kick-off at Elland Road, Klopp said: ‘I don’t think it’s a great idea. I like the fact West Ham might play Champions League next year.
‘No problem. I don’t want them to, because we want to do that, but I like that they have that chance.’
In his post-match press conference, Klopp added: ‘I will try to help and sort it somehow.’
Liverpool’s stand-in captain James Milner added: ‘There are a lot of questions. I can only say my personal opinion, I don’t like it and I hope it doesn’t happen.’
It comes after Liverpool news website This is Anfield reported that a staff meeting due to be held on Tuesday was cancelled not long after full-time of the Leeds game on Monday night.
Leeds and Liverpool fans protested against the proposals before their game on Monday
An email sent by chief executive Billy Hogan on Monday read: ‘We know that this announcement has provoked strong feelings within the game and elsewhere but we believe this decision is in the best long-term interests of Liverpool Football Club.
‘Importantly, this is the beginning of the journey and we can now start an engagement process with you, supporters and key stakeholders to help shape this process in the right way.
‘There is still much more information to come in due course.
‘I will keep you updated as we progress on this journey and discuss further on our Town Hall tomorrow.’
More to follow.