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Liverpool players release joint statement condemning the European Super League


The squad are united in their opposition of the proposed breakaway competition (Pictures: Getty)

Liverpool’s players, led by captain Jordan Henderson, have released a joint statement saying they are opposed to the European Super League and ‘do not want it to happen’.

Twelve of Europe’s biggest clubs announced on Sunday that they intended to form a new breakaway competition, with none of the founding members able to be relegated and just five ‘open’ slots available for new teams.

The plans were met with outrage and resistance from the football world as well as fans and politicians, and not even 48 hours later the Super League appears to be on the verge of collapse.

Fans are united in their opposition to the Super League (Picture: PA)

Chelsea and Manchester City are drawing up documents to withdraw from the competition while Barcelona and Atletico have also backed away from the Super League.

While Liverpool are yet to follow suit, it is unlikely to be long before they buckle to the pressure particularly after the players bandied together to share their disdain for the competition.

Following Henderson’s lead, Liverpool’s squad all shared the same statement to their social media accounts, which read: ‘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. You’ll Never Walk Alone.’

Henderson is believed to have organised a meeting on Tuesday between captains of all 20 Premier League clubs, not just the rebellious ‘big six’, with the players unanimously against the formation of the breakaway competition.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke out against the Super League two years and, on Monday night before facing Leeds in a 1-1 draw, said he still felt the same.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he explained: ‘My feelings didn’t change. My opinion didn’t change. I heard about it yesterday for the first time.

‘When you hear about it and are trying to prepare for a difficult game like Leeds United, so far, we got some information, not a lot, to be honest. Most of the things you can more or less read in the newspaper or whatever. It is a tough one.

‘People are not happy with it. I can understand that. But I can’t 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 now that is the case or the fact, we will have to wait on how it develops.’


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