Liverpool have been heavily criticised by a Premier League club's chairman over their Super League plans.

The Reds have agreed to become a founding member of the controversial new continental competition, a decision that has led to heavy criticism from fans, pundits, former players and governing bodies.

Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League's so-called 'Big Six' have signed up as part of 12 founding members, and that number eventually rise to 15, though the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and PSG have all rejected invitations.

Burnley chairman Alan Pace has become the latest to criticise Liverpool and the other five Premier League clubs involved, calling upon the government to take swift action against those who have signed up.

"A breakaway Super League should never have happened, but this is about much more than club self-interest and is an example of how the governance of football in this country and throughout Europe needs to be reformed," Pace said in an open letter.

"The six Premier League clubs taking this step have turned their back on our moral duty as custodians of the game to protect English football and, the spirit of the sport, at all costs. Weak governance has led us to this point.

"Therefore, today I am calling on Boris Johnson and Oliver Dowden to follow their welcome intervention and now appoint an independent regulator to protect English football with legislation.

"As a former financier, I understand the commercial considerations for these clubs and can appreciate their frustration at being the largest revenue drivers for the UEFA Champions League, without receiving the same levels of influence and reward.

FSG and Liverpool are backing the European Super League
FSG and Liverpool are backing the European Super League

"However, this is a move which does not treat fans or the game’s history with the respect it deserves and is not the solution.

"We need to ensure that football is protected. The game is bigger than all of us, and its future cannot be compromised by self-interest.

"The contempt the proposals have received was inevitable. It is truly a shame that it has come to this. We are the greatest league in the world and we can do more to bring people together and set the path forward for all and not just the few. We have a responsibility to all that have come before us and all those who will follow in the wider game.

"While we too at Burnley have ambitious plans to grow the club’s revenues, those plans have always been on the back of performance, both on and off the pitch and not artificial protectionism.

"As my business partners and I have now been working and living in Burnley for several months and are in the process of moving permanently to the area I would greatly encourage my fellow chairmen to walk the streets around their local communities and get to know them personally, rather than creating more distance between themselves and fans.

"This is also why I invite No.10, the Government and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to now legislate. Ultimately, we need a strong regulator in the style of OFTEL or OFCOM to protect and build the interests of English football. It’s time to do things differently!

"Over the coming days, I will be working hard alongside my fellow club owners and governing bodies to fight these proposals and find a solution to improved football governance in this country.

"I welcome initial noises coming from the UK Government and encourage them to provide strong leadership on these proposals, given their seismic impact on the UK’s cultural landscape."

The government are already said to be considering legislative action, confirming they will act if the Football Association are not able to block the Super League in some way.

It has been suggested the government may have the option of blocking work visas, which could stop foreign transfers for the involved clubs and even remove licenses so that certain clubs cannot host games.