Gary Neville believes Jurgen Klopp “destroyed” Liverpool’s owners by calmly opposing the proposed European Super League on Monday night.
European football is still in a state of shock after it was confirmed on Sunday that 12 clubs are planning to break away from UEFA competitions and form a new and exclusive midweek tournament, in which the founding members will have guaranteed access to every season.
Liverpool are one of the 12 clubs who have sparked outrage throughout the continent, with fellow Premier League ‘Big Six’ sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham also involved.
Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, as well as Italy’s AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus are the other six founding members.
Nevertheless, Klopp finds himself in somewhat of an awkward position given he openly opposed the prospect of a European Super League when proposals first emerged in 2019.
And before Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Leeds on Monday night, the German admitted his stance has not changed in a measured response to the news.
“My opinion didn’t change,” he told Sky Sports.
“Obviously I heard first-hand about it yesterday and when you’re trying to prepare a game, a very difficult game against Leeds United.
“Then we got some information, not a lot to be honest, most of the things you more or less can read in newspapers or wherever.
“It’s a tough one. People are not happy with it, I can understand that, but there’s not a lot more I can say about it to be honest, because we were not involved in any processes.
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“Not the players, not me. We didn’t know about it. That’s the fact, the facts are out there, and we will have to wait and see how it develops.”
And Neville, who has earned praise for his sensational eight-minute rant on the Super League over the weekend, was impressed with Klopp’s response.
“Jurgen Klopp has come out tonight, he’s done it in a very calm fashion, which I think he has to in the position that he’s in,” Neville said.
“He’s destroyed his owners on national television, let’s be clear.
“He has gone out against his owners on national television. We should not be lost on what he thinks and what the players will think privately. He has told us what he thinks.”
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