Liverpool FC, accompanied by massive protests against the Super League plans, missed the jump to fourth place in the English Premier League. Team manager Jürgen Klopp’s eleven only scored 1-1 (1-0) at promoted Leeds United despite a long lead.
Diego Llorente (87th) equalized Liverpool’s lead from Sadio Mane (31st). The Reds must continue to tremble for qualification for the premier class – in which they may neither want nor be allowed to participate in the coming season.
In front of, in and even above the stadium in Leeds there were protests on Monday against the planned Super League, of which Liverpool is a founding member. When the team bus arrived, fans displayed a banner on the fence that read “Love for the game of the working class, ruined by greed and corruption. RIP LFC. Thanks for the memories,” a plane flew over the arena with a banner saying ” Says no to the Super League “was read.
Opponents Leeds also did a great job: All players wore shirts with the slogans “Football is for the fans” and “Champions League – deserve it” as they warm up. According to Klopp, the shirts were also in the Reds’ cabin. Liverpool has also been referred to as “Merseyside RedsE” on Leeds’ social media channels.
The former Bundesliga coach meanwhile showed understanding for the protests of the fans against the Super League. “People are not happy about it and I can understand that,” said the 53-year-old at Sky Sports: “The most important thing in football are the fans and the team. We have to make sure that nothing gets in the way.”
Super League? Klopp’s opinion “has not changed”
He himself only found out about the plans on Sunday. “I heard about it for the first time yesterday. We have some information, not much, most of it from the newspapers,” he said.
Klopp had already spoken out against a possible elite league of European top clubs in 2019. “I hope there will never be this Super League,” said the coach in an interview with the kicker. He was still of this opinion. “My opinion has not changed,” said Klopp on Monday evening.
Klopp’s veteran James Milner was also clear: “I can only say my own opinion: I don’t like it and I hope it doesn’t happen, for the same reasons as everyone else.” Leeds striker Patrick Bamford said: “It’s amazing how much theater goes into the game when someone’s wallet is hurt. It’s a shame that racism doesn’t.”