The six Premier League clubs that have signed up for 'The Super League' have been widely slammed over the last 24 hours, and while the players had no part in the process, they have been immune to the criticism.
The link between the supporters and players has probably weakened as a result of these proposals, but footballers at these clubs are in a very difficult position.
They cannot really come out and criticise the hierarchy that employs them, with Jamie Carragher having massive sympathy for those involved.
Speaking on Sky Sports tonight, he said he would not criticise any player for not speaking about against these proposals.
🗣 "It's very difficult as a footballer. I play for the club, I support the club no matter what, I didn't feel like that inside the club. Those players, 99% will feel the same as every football fan."@Carra23 on footballers not speaking out about the ESL pic.twitter.com/ca09XnlH91
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 19, 2021
Jurgen Klopp mentioned that he had a meeting this morning, and he would have had to have spoken to the players, but he will want that out of their mind.
that won't be the case, but when it's something so big you have to address it as a manager. Okay, address it, put it to bed, we've got a game tonight...
I think the players right now will feel exactly as we do, but they're in a position where it's very difficult for them to come out and say anything.
I wouldn't criticise any of the players for that. One of the reasons for that is I never said anything about Hicks and Gillett (former Liverpool owners), you (Gary Neville) never said anything about the Glazers when you were a player.
It's very difficult for a footballer. I always felt 'I play for the club, I support the club no matter what'. I didn't feel like that inside the club or how I felt privately.
Those players, I can guarantee you 99 per cent of them will feel the same as every fan up and down the country.
It will be interesting to see if any of those players do break their silence on the matter in the coming days and weeks.