A number of clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly set to withdraw from the European Super League following widespread backlash.

The sides were part of six English clubs, alongside Liverpool, to announce over the weekend they intended to form the breakaway competition at the expense of the Champions League.

The footballing world has condemned the project every since it was officially launched on Sunday night, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and vice-captain James Milner both vocalising their disapproval of the plans before and after Liverpool 's clash with Leeds United on Monday night.

Ahead of Chelsea's game against Brighton on Tuesday night, supporters gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest with Technical and performance advisor Petr Cech having to plead with fans to move out of the way and let the Blues' team coach enter the ground.

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But in the midst of all the protests, BBC Sport reported that Chelsea are 'preparing documentation' to withdraw from the European Super League, becoming the first side to quit the breakaway league in the process.

Reports then followed Man City are to follow suit and also announce their intention to withdraw from the controversial proposals.

Atletico Madrid are also said to be reconsidering their involvement with Barcelona chief Joan Laporta on the brink of performing a sensational U-turn.

He's just told Spanish media: "Barcelona will NOT join the Super League until our socios vote for it. It's their club, so it's their decision."

Liverpool bosses FSG are yet to comment on the plans but the Reds controversially left off any mention of the tournament in the transcription of Klopp's post-match press conference after their draw with Leeds United.

And it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will follow their fellow Premier League rivals' example in the face of their own extreme criticism or stick with plans to proceed with the European Super League.