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ECHO sports editor Dave Prentice wants Liverpool owner John Henry and FSG to explain to fans why they plan on taking the club into a European Super
ECHO sports editor Dave Prentice wants Liverpool owner John Henry and FSG to explain to fans why they plan on taking the club into a European Super LeagueIt has been five years since John W.
Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon put their names to a statement, claiming they were "troubled" by the perception that they "don’t care about our supporters, that we are greedy, and that we are attempting to extract personal profits at the club’s expense."I hope they slept well last night.I didn't.
Nor did the hundreds of thousands of supporters they claim to represent as news broke of their involvement in a radical reshape of the entire structure of European football.With no consultation whatsoever with those who will be most affected.
The European Cup, which has formed a stirring and substantial chapter of Liverpool 's storied history, will be ripped up.
And not a single Liverpool fan's view was canvassed.
The fans who will be expected to provide the atmospheric backdrop to the new league were taken for granted.
Again.Hundreds of Liverpool staff members were informed of the decision.
At 8.39am this morning.
Hours after the statement had appeared on the club's website.It seems that the players were not consulted either.And unless Jurgen Klopp has undergone a Damascene conversion since his 2019 comments – here's a summary "I hope this Super League will never happen …
why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years?" – it would appear he has not been consulted either.Tonight's press briefings should make for very interesting viewing.Because Henry, Werner and Gordon appear to have ripped up almost 70 years of European tradition and history without a single word of explanation why.Obviously we can guess at the motivation.The restructure, or as much as we can glean from the handful of tournament rules we have seen, is widely unpopular.But at least Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli and Manchester United's Joel Glazer had the courage of their convictions and put their names to statements explaining their motives."Increased financial support for the wider football pyramid,” apparently.But from Liverpool's triumvirate – silence.Even the statement on Liverpool's website was unsigned.
But it is clear who is driving this cleaving from the club's heritage.If Henry, Werner and Gordon are genuinely "troubled" that they may be perceived as not caring about supporters, an explanation about such a radical change to those supporters' match viewing habits would be welcomed.In 2016 Henry, Werner and Gordon concluded with the statement: "the widespread opposition to this element of the plan has made it clear that we were mistaken."Message received."We believe we have demonstrated a willingness to listen carefully, reconsider our position, and act decisively.
The unique and sacred relationship between Liverpool Football Club and its supporters has always been foremost in our minds.
It represents the heartbeat of this extraordinary football club.Get all the latest Liverpool breaking news, team news, transfer rumours, injury updates plus analysis of what's next for the Reds.You'll also get the latest transfer talk and analysis straight to your inbox every day with our FREE email newsletter.Sign up here – it only takes a few seconds! More than any other factor by far, that bond is what drives us to work tirelessly on behalf of the club and its future."So listen now.Tell the fans why you are planning to radically shake up a key part of the club's heritage and tradition.And take their feelings on board.Unless those words penned five years ago were just so much empty gestures and hypocrisy. *What is your view on the European Super League plan? Take our quick survey HERE .
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– April 19, 2021
Liverpool FC An open letter to Liverpool owner John Henry and FSG