Klopp and FSG on collision course over Liverpool’s European Super League plans

Liverpool announced plans to join a European Super League on Sunday night, despite club boss Jurgen Klopp's strong opposition to the idea.

The Reds are one of 12 teams to have signed up to the new Super League, it has been announced, which is expected to begin in 2024 – the year Klopp's contract at Anfield expires.

Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have also signed up from the Premier League despite the organisation threatening those involved with expulsion.

The potential of a European Super League has been tentatively speculated about for a number of years now, most recently when 'Project Big Picture' was being suggested.

But even speaking two years ago, Klopp expressed a strong opposition to such an idea.

He said: "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.

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"Of course, it is [financially] important, but why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years?

"Who wants to see that every year?”

FSG now faces the wrath of Klopp as well as their own fans, who voiced their frustrations after plans were announced.

Any club involved with the new Super League faces the prospect of being banned from domestic football, so it could be that the Premier League champions are unable to regain their title.

A UEFA executive committee has been scheduled for later today in Switzerland, meaning fans face a nervous wait before discovering whether the clubs they love will break away from their domestic leagues.

For Klopp, he has already expressed his opposition to the league, and supporters will hope the club going against him doesn't push him further towards the soon-to-be-vacant Bayern Munich role. The German champions are not involved in the Super League.

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