Jurgen Klopp insists it is a ‘positive’ that European Super League plans have been binned following the collapse of the proposal this week.
Liverpool were amongst the clubs who confirmed their agreement to join a breakaway competition involving Europe’s elite clubs, plans which were met with huge backlash and subsequently cancelled.
The proposals included guaranteed annual entry for the founding clubs in a show of financial greed from the world’s wealthiest, with fans, players and managers coming out to criticise the plans.
Klopp spoke out against the concept and was joined in his stance by the Reds’ first-team squad, who each announced via social media they were with the fans and against a European Super League.
Owner, John W Henry, has since issued an apology over the club’s involvement in the plans and ahead of this weekend’s clash with Newcastle, Klopp is keen to move on from a remarkable week of events.
The German insists the collapse of the proposal is ‘very good news’ for football, but has criticised expansion plans for the Champions League and says he is against the idea of more games being added to the football calendar.
“I was mentioned in the apology and so was the team. That was personal enough for me,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.
“I know it’s normal that people will say ‘how can we carry on’ but that doesn’t get sorted in a week. As a team we have to concentrate on the things we do such as football. That’s what we do.
“You can’t just introduce always more competitions. Very good that the new Super League is off the table, but the new Champions League is not great. Uefa showed me the idea and I said I don’t like it – 10 games rather than six. No idea where to put them in.
“I’m not surprised how the players dealt with it. They are grown ups. It was very good what they did, say their opinion, it’s not the first time they have done it and it won’t be the last.
“The only people who never get asked are the coaches, the players and the supporters. Uefa didn’t ask us, the Super League didn’t ask us. It’s just always ‘play more games’ – that’s not possible.
“The most positive thing is that it didn’t happen.”