An email sent to members of staff who work at Liverpool has been revealed following the European Super League announcement.

The controversial plan which will see the Reds become one of 12 founding members has been met with widespread criticism.

Liverpool are one of six Premier League clubs to agree to the plans, along with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham.

There are also three clubs from Spain - Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid - and three from Italy - AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus - who have also agreed to take part.

Ever since the proposals surfaced on Sunday afternoon before being confirmed later that evening, Liverpool as well as the other 11 clubs have been condemned for their involvement.

However, a report in The Athletic has revealed an email which was sent to club staff by Liverpool’s chief executive Billy Hogan.

The email reveals that Hogan told staff that the Super League is the “future of European football”, and feel joining the competition is vital to the club’s sustainability and growth.

You can read the full email sent by Hogan below.

“Dear Colleagues,

“You will be aware of the announcement published late last night regarding Europe’s leading football Clubs coming together to establish a new mid-week competition, the European Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.

“It’s important as a member of our team that I share with you some of the context.

“For quite some time now, Clubs, including our own, have held numerous longstanding concerns about not only the future of European football but also the way football is run by UEFA. The global pandemic has also accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model.

Liverpool European Super League plans

“We have therefore joined AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur as Founding Clubs of the Super League. It is anticipated that a further three Clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.

“The Super League will be the future of European football and if we want to continue our journey of being a sustainable Club with ambition to grow and continue winning trophies then we should absolutely be part of that process and have a seat at the table rather than outside that group.

“The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football via a long-term commitment to uncapped solidarity payments which will grow in line with league revenues. These solidarity payments are expected to be roughly three times what is currently achieved from UEFA competitions. One of the core commitments of the European Super League is to vastly increase financial support for the football pyramid.

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“After the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women’s game.

“We know that this announcement has provoked strong feelings within the game and elsewhere but we believe this decision is in the best long-term interests of Liverpool Football Club.

“Importantly, this is the beginning of the journey and we can now start an engagement process with you, supporters and key stakeholders to help shape this process in the right way.

“There is still much more information to come in due course.

“I will keep you updated as we progress on this journey and discuss further on our Town Hall tomorrow.

“Thank you for your continued support.”