Liverpool fans have this afternoon been protesting outside Anfield after the club yesterday confirmed it was planning to join a new European Super League.
Liverpool’s involvement in the new competition has been met with disapproval from fan groups, while many supporters have expressed their outrage on social media.
The Reds confirmed late on Sunday night that it was planning to join the new breakaway competition aimed at rivalling the UEFA Champions League.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus are the other 11 founding clubs of the competition.
But both the Spion Kop and Spirit of Shankly have moved over the last 24 hours to condemn the club’s plans to join the Super League.
“We would like to put on record our opposition to the planned reforms of the European football pyramid,” a statement from Spion Kop 1906 read.
“UEFA, SKY, Premier League etc are not the victims in all of this either. Their greed to monopolise football has been apparent for decades which appears to have been superseded and now they want to think of the fans.
“The new format is a blatant plan for the beneficial clubs to seize even more power and revenue from an already lucrative business model.
“Owners, clubs, management. Do you really care about the clubs best interests, or just the bank accounts?
“I think we already know the answer but now is time to think of years of tradition, and do the right thing.”
While a statement from SOS read: "Embarrassing as fan representatives we are appalled & completely oppose this decision.
"FSG have ignored fans in their relentless & greedy pursuit of money. Football is ours not theirs. Our football club is ours not theirs. We will respond fully to this statement in due course."
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And now Reds fans have moved to hang banners outside the Kop slamming the club’s decision to join the move.
One read: “SHAME ON YOU. R.I.P LFC 1892 - 2021." While the other read: “LFC AGAINST EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE.”
Speaking back in 2019, when similar speculation was doing the rounds over a Super League, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was against the idea.
He told German publication Kicker : "I hope this Super League will never happen. With the way the Champions League is now running, football as a great product, even with the Europa League.
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“For me, the Champions League is the Super League, in which you do not always end up playing against the same teams.
"Of course, it is [financially] important, but why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years? Who wants to see that every year?”
No-one from Liverpool has yet put their name to a statement to give fans any explanation over the move, but it is believed that FSG chief and Liverpool owner John Henry is in line to be one of the new league's vice-chairmen.