Jurgen Klopp has said his opinion on the European Super League hasn’t changed since 2019 when he openly admitted he hoped it would never happen.
Liverpool are one of six English sides to have put pen to paper to signal their intention to form a breakaway European Super League, a closed continental competition that is attempting to steal power away from UEFA, while it will also have a huge impact on domestic football.
Plan for a Super League has been mooted for several decades, though were finally put into motion on Sunday evening – plans that have been met with widespread condemnation from across the football community.
Speaking back in 2019, Jurgen Klopp spoke against the prospect of a breakaway competition, saying that the magic that comes with ties against Europe’s elite would be lost if they were to become more regular occurrences, saying the Champions League is already the Super League.
“I hope this Super League will never happen,” he said. “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’s economically important, but why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years? Who wants to see that every year?”
Since the plans were announced and the subsequent anger and outrage, there has been a deafening silence from the ‘big six’ clubs. However, ahead of Liverpool’s game against Leeds on Monday evening, Klopp was reminded of his previous comments before the German admitted his thoughts on the issue haven’t changed.
“My opinion didn’t change,” he told Sky Sports Monday Night Football. “Obviously I heard for the first time about it yesterday, and trying to prepare a game, a very difficult game against Leeds, and I knew so far we got some information, not a lot to be honest.
“It’s a tough one. People are not happy about it, and I can understand that, but I cannot say a lot more about it because we were not involved in any processes, not the players not me, we didn’t know about it. That’s the case or the fact, the facts are out there. We will have to wait to see how it develops.”