Liverpool are one of six Premier League teams who have agreed to become founder members of a new European Super League.

The Reds are joined by fellow members of the Big Six Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

They join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid as the 12 founders of the controversial competition.

Three further clubs are expected to join soon, while a further five will be allowed entry to the 20-team competition each season.

Managers will now have to front up in press conferences and answer questions about the plans - but what have they all said on the issue thus far?

Here's what all of the Big Six bosses have said on the topic to date...

Jurgen Klopp

Klopp has previously admitted his opposition to the plans and is set to be asked about the subject when his team face Leeds United on Monday evening.

He said two years ago: "I hope this Super League will never happen.

"With the way the Champions League is now running, football has a great product, even with the Europa League.

"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?”

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the proposals after Sunday's 3-1 win over Burnley, but refused to give too much away.

The Norwegian insisted the matter was one for the club to comment on rather than himself.

"I am dealing with the news this afternoon, the speculation," Solskjaer said.

"I don’t think it is for me to comment on now. We just have to wait and see what happens.

"As I have said, I have seen the speculation or news this afternoon. I can’t comment.

"It is an issue for the clubs to comment on."

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Manchester City

City chief Pep Guardiola previously stated that he believed any proposal would have to retain the quality of the various domestic leagues.

"I have the feeling we cannot lose the local leagues, what it means for the FA Cup, the leagues," he said.

"What we should do is make every single league in Europe stronger than what it is, less teams, better championships, better League One, better League Two, better Premier League with less teams in every competition. Go to the quality over quantity.

"To make a super Premier League, you have to reduce the teams, but we cannot kill the lower divisions or the Premier League itself."

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on November 08, 2020.


Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was asked about the plans after Sunday's draw with Fulham, but was reluctant to comment.

However, speaking last year when plans were first announced, Arteta called for unity.

"It's like a new format is coming every three or four days," he said.

"There will be more coming out very soon. Again I ask for some unity here, defend the interests of everybody like has been the case in the UK.

"That's what has made this league so unique - if things have to evolve in one way or another let's try to do it and find the right solution."


Thomas Tuchel has only been at Chelsea since January and was asked about the plans at his press conference today.

“I know it since yesterday but I’m here to be in the hardest competition," he said.

"That’s what I love, to play the toughest competitions in Europe. That’s why I’m at Chelsea.

“I don’t get involved with all these subjects around us, I’m a bit sad all these subjects are around now.

“I want to play these club competitions, I trust the club to make the right decisions and it’s too early to judge everything and it’s not my part. On my badge from Chelsea it says I have to play my role.

"My role is to be coach, to be focused and we have an important game coming up tomorrow.”

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs are now without a manager after sacking Jose Mourinho earlier today, but the Portuguese always refused to comment on the matter anyhow.

He insisted it was a matter for those at boardroom level, not the manager. "I leave it for Mr Levy," Mourinho said when asked about it earlier this season.