Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness have called for a change in ownership at Liverpool following the club’s ‘underhand’ European Super League proposals.
Liverpool were amongst the teams to confirm an agreement to form a breakaway European competition, joining the rest of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ and leading clubs in Italy and Spain.
The plans – which included guaranteed annual entry for 15 founder clubs alongside just five qualifiers – were greeted with fierce criticism from the footballing world with the proposals lambasted as a show of greed from the financial elite, a closed shop competition that served to make the rich, richer and the poor struggle to compete.
Jurgen Klopp had spoken out against the plans and admits both he and his players were left in the dark over Liverpool’s intentions, whilst the first-team squad – led by captain Jordan Henderson who called a meeting between Premier League captains – revealing their stance on a prospective Super League via social media.
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) April 20, 2021
The plans have since come toppling like a house of cards, and speaking before the clubs official withdrawl Reds legend Carragher criticised the ownership of his former side.
“I’m almost as angry with Liverpool now as I was yesterday the fact they’re still hanging in there,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“Jurgen Klopp has thrown them under a bus, their own captain has thrown them under a bus.
“There’s nothing left for Liverpool’s owners in what they’re holding on for – I don’t see how they can continue.
“I don’t see a future for the ownership of FSG at Liverpool any more on the back of this, and I think they’re just making it worse for themselves the longer they hang in.
“I do not see how John Henry can sit in that wonderful main stand he was part of building and watch a game.
“I don’t see how him and Tom Werner can come back to the club again on the back of this because this will never be forgotten.
“It will be very difficult for them to have any sort of relationship with the fans going forward.”
Souness echoed Carragher’s comments and believes the relationship between the owners and fans ‘will take some mending’, admitting he struggles to see a way back for Henry following the events of the past week.
“It’s been so underhanded, these are relationships that will take some mending,” he said.
“The biggest one is not chairman to chairman – it’s chairman to supporters.
“I know what Scousers are like. They will not forgive John Henry for this. I can’t see how he gets back from this.”
Liverpool initially issued a sterlie and unapologetic statement outlining their backtracking from the competition, before Mr Henry finally took responsibility on Wednesday morning.