The manager of Liverpool football club, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he and his players were not carried along before the club decided to sign up for the proposed Super League.
He stressed that though he didn’t like the idea behind the European Super League, he would not walk out on Liverpool. The German tactician revealed that he would stay with the club and “sort” things out in line with the new arrangement.
The proposed European Super League has been one of the biggest talking points in the world of football. The speculation about the proposed league which will rival the UEFA Champions League has been on since 2019.
Earlier on Monday, April 19, it was made official that 12 top clubs in Europe have signed up for the league including Liverpool, a development that has not gone down well with most football fans across the world.
In 2019, when the proposed Super League was in the speculative stage, Jurgen Klopp opposed the plan in a press conference saying: “I hope this Super League will never happen. With the way the Champions League is now running, football has a great product, even with the Europa League.
“For me, the Champions League is the Super League, in which you do not always end up playing against the same teams.
“Of course, it’s economically important, but why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years? Who wants to see that every year?”
After the proposed Super League has been made official, the German tactician was asked about it, he insisted that he has not changed his opinion about the league.
According to him, he was informed about it on Sunday, April 18, when he was preparing for a Premier League game between Liverpool and Leeds United. He however noted that he and his team didn’t have enough information about the proposed Super League.
“My opinion didn’t change,” Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports on Monday. “Obviously I heard for the first time about it yesterday, and trying to prepare a game, a very difficult game against Leeds, and I knew so far we got some information, not a lot to be honest.
“It’s a tough one. People are not happy about it, and I can understand that, but I cannot say a lot more about it because we were not involved in any processes, not the players not me, we didn’t know about it. We will have to wait to see how it develops.”
After the Premier League game between Liverpool and Leeds United which ended 1-1 on Monday, Jurgen Klopp told the press that the proposed Super League is not a great idea.
He insisted that he is a football person who does not want to be involved “in this kind of thing” because he doesn’t “understand them”.
“It’s not about letting me down”, Klopp added. “I am here as a football coach and a manager. I will do that as long as people let me do that. That’s how it is.
“I heard today that I would resign or whatever. If times get even tougher, that makes me more sticky that I stay here. I feel responsible for the team, the club, the relationship we have with our fans, and that’s why it’s a very tough time for them, I am sure, but I will try to help to sort it somehow…
“I am six years in the club and I know our owners, they are reasonable, serious people, they care about us, but they never have to explain these kinds of decisions to me or us, with permission or whatever.”
Leading European football clubs announce new Super League competition.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 18, 2021