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Liverpool fans protest breakaway European Super League outside Anfield

Liverpool supporters have hung banners outside Anfield protesting plans for a European Super League, with one reading 'Shame on you. RIP LFC 1892-2021.' 

The Reds are one of six Premier League clubs to have signed up to the new competition, joining Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.

The breakaway plot has been condemend by fans as a power and money-grabbing exercise and some have decided to take a stand.

Liverpool supporters have put up banners condemning the European Super League at Anfield

One read: 'Shame on you. RIP LFC 1892-2021' while another said 'LFC fans against European Super League' 

Two banners have been put up outside the club's ground as supporters made their feelings on the subject clear.

Alongside the banner that read 'RIP LFC', another read: 'LFC fans against European Super League.'

Some fan groups have also announced that they will remove their flags and banners from the Kop. 

Spion Kop 1906, who organise flags and banners for the famous stand, said they have asked the club to take down all of their displays as soon as possible.

Spion Kop 1906 tweeted their intent to remove all of their displays in the stand at Anfield

Liverpool supporters groups will remove their flags and banners from The Kop in response to plans for a European Super League

Fans say they feel they can no longer give their support because of the club's 'financial greed'

Writing on Twitter, they said: 'We, along with other groups involved in flags, will be removing our flags from The Kop. 

'We feel we can no longer give our support to a club which puts financial greed above integrity of the game.'

A Spion Kop 1906 spokesman told The Athletic: 'We've been in contact with the club today to make it clear we want all the banners and the flags all taken down as soon as possible. We're taking our support is off the table from now.

'It's disgraceful and absolutely disgusting what the owners have done. We don't know how it's got this far without fans being consulted. They have sold their soul.

'No Liverpool fan could get on board with this Super League. It would be good to hear the manager and the players come out and back the fans on this.' 

Earlier on Monday, the group released a longer statement responding to the news of a Super League.

'We would like to place on record our opposition to the planned reforms of the European football pyramid. 

'The new format is a blatant plan for the beneficial clubs to seize even more power and revenue from an already lucrative business model.

Supporters gathered outside Anfield to make their feelings on the proposals clear

'Owners, clubs, management. Do you really care about the clubs best interests, or just the bank accounts? I think we arlready know the answer but now is time to think of years of tradition, and do the right thing.' 

Fellow supporters group, Spirit of Shankly, have also criticised the club's owners for their 'greedy pursuit of money'.

They tweeted: '#Embarrasing 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.'

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