Jürgen Klopp said he was informed of Liverpool’s plans to join the European Super League (ESL) on Sunday. He claimed his squad suffered an unfair backlash when two players came out resolutely against the controversial proposals.

Liverpool got a frosty welcome to their Premier League game in Leeds on Monday night, with midfield opponents wearing slogan t-shirts that read “Football is for the fans” after the Reds were shocked that the Reds were one of five English clubs are in need of breaking away from established competitions to a new multi-billion dollar league.

Klopp said his players had been challenged by members of the public and Leeds players also wore a slogan that read “Earn it” – an indication of the idea that the competition will largely forego qualification on the basis of merit. Banners were also seen in the stands while a plane with a banner flew over Elland Road.

“I heard about it for the first time yesterday,” Klopp admitted in curt post-game comments to Sky Sports, in which he also denied rumors that he would be stepping down because of the problem and said he felt responsible for the relationship, most of which the club entertains indignant fans.

“We have some information – it’s not much, to be honest. It’s a difficult question. I can’t say more because we haven’t been involved in any litigation, either the players or me.”

“We didn’t know about it. We knew about it since yesterday, like you. I know all that talk and I don’t like it either.

“Don’t forget that we have nothing to do with it. People shouldn’t forget that you are dealing with people.”

“We’re in the same situation as you: we received the information and then had to play football. It’s not my decision. I’ll try to sort it out somehow.”

Liverpool drew 1-1 after a late equalizer in a game preceded by home boss Marcelo Bielsa.

“It shouldn’t surprise us,” he told the BBC.

🚨 | Jürgen Klopp speaks about the European Super League … The #LFC manager explains his thoughts on the outlier proposals and reveals that he and his players were not consulted on the decision. Watch #MNF live in the Sky Sports Premier League now! pic.twitter.com/DLSXeT1Lze

– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 19, 2021

“In search of higher economic returns, they forget the rest. The powerful are richer and the weak are poorer. It’s not good for football in general.

“There are many structures that should have prevented these forces. Sincerely, I’m not surprised because the same thing happens in all walks of life. Why shouldn’t it happen in football? “

James Milner from England looked uncomfortable talking about the saga but didn’t hold back from expressing his opinion.

🗣 “I don’t like it, I hope it doesn’t happen.” James Milner was asked about the introduction of the ‘European Super League’ pic.twitter.com/cvFAHbtjU9

– Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 19, 2021

“I don’t like it and hopefully it won’t happen,” replied the veteran. “I can only imagine what has been said about it and probably agree with most of it.

“When it broke yesterday, we heard about it for the first time. The players have nothing to say so the welcome we had on the floor tonight felt a little unfair. We’re here to play football. “

The many critics of the concept, in which 12 clubs were originally involved, also supported the eloquent assessment of Leeds top scorer Patrick Bamford.

🗣 “It’s amazing how much opera comes into play when someone’s pockets are injured. It’s a shame that racism doesn’t.” Patrick Bamford speaks openly about his thoughts on the prospect of a picture from the European Super League .twitter.com/DolVMBBg7p

– Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 19, 2021

“It’s amazing how much opera comes into play when someone’s pockets are injured,” smiled the striker.

“It’s a shame that it isn’t with all the things that go wrong right now, racism and stuff.

“We’ve seen pretty much everything everyone else has seen on Twitter and stuff. We’re really like fans and everyone else: talking about it can’t believe it and we’re in shock.

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“I haven’t seen a football fan who is happy about the decision. Without the fans, every single club would be pretty much nothing.”

Liverpool are expected to be banned from the Premier League and Champions League next season if ESL participation continues.

“If you thought what could make the year worse? Everything that happened, the pandemic, all the injuries, other things and then that [the ESL] came up, “said Klopp to 5 Live Sport.” Another challenge … but we’ll somehow get through it. “

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