Klopp no fan of proposed closed competition

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 21 Apr 2021

Jurgen Klopp said he was not consulted by Liverpool's owners on signing up to a Super League as he criticized plans for the competition's proposed format.

Under the proposal, 15 founder members, including Liverpool, would compete in the 20-team tournament every year without having to qualify.

Liverpool are in danger of failing to qualify for next season's Champions League as even after yesterday's 1-1 draw with Leeds, they sit sixth in the English Premier League, behind Leicester and West Ham, two clubs who are not part of the plans for the new group.

"I like the fact that West Ham might play Champions League next year. I don't want them to, because I want us to be there, but I like that they have the chance," Klopp said.

Klopp was previously quoted as saying "I hope this Super League will never happen" and questioning whether fans' interest would be maintained by watching Liverpool face the likes of Real Madrid every year.

In 2019, he said: "For me, the Champions League is the Super League, in which you do not always end up playing against the same teams. Why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years? Who wants to see that every year?"

Klopp said his opinion on a Super League has not changed.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin described the breakaway as a "disgraceful self-serving proposal from a select few clubs purely fuelled by greed."

However, Klopp hit back at European football's governing body, saying their planned expansion of the Champions League from 2024 and Fifa's desire for a larger Club World Cup were also motivated by money.

"I know some things will change in the future in football ... Where the power is is just not right. Uefa and Fifa cannot just decide things. Everybody plans new competitions," added Klopp.

Search Archive

Advanced Search
May 2021

Today's Standard