James Milner has claimed that he hopes the European Super League doesn’t happen after Liverpool drew with Leeds United in the Premier League.
The Reds were one of six Premier League clubs that have proposed to become a founding member of the controversial Super League, that would also include clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.
Milner, who wore the armband for Liverpool at Elland Road, revealed that the squad only found out about the news of a new league on the same day as the fans and that he does not support the breakaway league.
James Milner has claimed that he hopes the proposed European Super League doesn’t happen
The midfielder wore the armband for the Reds as they drew 1-1 away at Leeds at Elland Road
Milner told Sky Sports: ‘We try and concentrate on the game, we have to try and be professional.
‘We became aware when it broke yesterday (Sunday). Lot of questions, I don’t like it, I hope it doesn’t happen.
‘Difficult for us, but I can only imagine what has been said.
‘Players have no say, felt a bit unjust what we faced coming here tonight, we need to stay strong,’ he added to address the scenes before kick off outside the ground.
Football fans attempted to block Liverpool’s team bus from arriving at Elland Road for their game against Leeds.
Leeds and Liverpool also gathered together to hold up banners expressing their feelings on the prospect of a European Super League.
Supporters attempted to block Liverpool’s team bus from arriving at Elland Road
Fans held banners outside Elland Road ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Leeds after the Merseysiders joined the European Super League on Sunday
The new Super League plans have been highly criticised, mainly due to the rule that the same 15 clubs will automatically qualify for the tournament irrespective of their performances in the domestic league.
One banner from an angry Liverpool supporter read: ‘Fans say no to Fenway’s Super Greed (FSG). No Super League.’
Another banner unveiled by supporters read: ‘Love for the working class game, ruined by greed and corruption! RIP LFC. Thanks for the memories’
Other banners outside the ground read: ‘RIP Football 1863-2021’ and ‘Fans before finance’.
Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher warned that the developments over the last couple days could see worrying changes at Anfield.
Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool’s owners would be chased out of the club by the fans if Jurgen Klopp (right) left them
Carragher insisted Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners would be chased out of the club by the fans if Jurgen Klopp left the club following Sunday’s announcement of the controversial European Super League proposals.
Speaking in 2019, the German said the current Champions League is the Super League and was against the idea of a new system being created, which he revealed he was still not in favour of ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Leeds.
Klopp’s comments came after a day in which Reds fans were seen protesting outside Anfield with banners and with Leeds fans ahead of the Premier League fixture between the two sides at Elland Road.
Reds fans successfully protested against former owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks, with the American selling the club in 2010 to John W. Henry and New England Sports Ventures group, three years after selling it.
Reds fans managed to get former owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks to sell the club
And Carragher believes John W. Henry would face the same fate if the German boss departed
And speaking to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher insisted the same would happen to Henry and his current group should Klopp leave, accusing the owners of financially exploiting the club’s history of winning trophies.
‘From my club, the only reason Liverpool are in this is or have a chance in being in this Super League, is because they’ve won six European Cups and 20 league titles. Only one of each came under FSG,’ Carragher said.
‘They have used everything Liverpool have done in their history, going to even before Bill Shankly, to line their own pockets.
‘The biggest thing is that everyone’s against it tonight. Jurgen Klopp spoke about this in 2019 and made his stance very clear.
‘If Liverpool lose their manager on the back of this in the next 12 months, then the owners will be run out of that club in a week. I can assure you of that.
‘It hurts me more because this ownership bought Liverpool on the back of other American owners who ran the club badly and the fans got them out.
‘These [owners] got the club for a steal. It is now six or seven times bigger, they’ve made their money and they won the lottery with Liverpool.’