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Jurgen Klopp Sticks By Super League Stance But Slams Attitude Of Leeds

Jurgen Klopp Sticks By Super League Stance But Slams Attitude Of Leeds

Is anybody outside of the boardroom of the 12 clubs involved actually in favour of 'The Super League'?

There has never been anything to unite the game like this before. Be it supporters, pundits, former players, or journalists, nobody is supportive of the idea that a closed shop European competition should be allowed to upend the footballing pyramid throughout the continent.

Even those within the clubs are not in favour of it.

Jurgen Klopp has been previously outspoken about his stance on a European super league, saying it should not be introduced in the game under any circumstances.

People were interested to see if his mind has changed now that his club's owners have been part of this proposal, but he is standing by his word.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Liverpool's game against Leeds this evening, he was asked about the proposal put forward by the 12 clubs. He said his opinion on the matter has not changed.

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My opinion didn't change. I heard for the first time about it yesterday, at home when you're trying to prepare for a difficult game against Leeds United.

So far I've gotten some information, not a lot to be honest. Most of the things you can read in newspapers.

It's a tough one. People are not happy and I can understand that, but I can't say a lot more on it to be honest. We were not involved in any processes, not the players or me, we didn't know about it...

I like the competitive factor of football. I like the fact that West Ham might play Champions League next year. I don't want them to because we want to do that, but I like that they have the chance.

However, Klopp was not pleased with the reaction directed at him and his team in the wake of this news.

He was unhappy that Liverpool were targeted by some commentators, while also pleading with the supporters to stick with his team despite what is going on at board level.

The 53-year old was also very unhappy with somebody connected with Leeds United placing anti Super League warmup shirts in the away dressing room, something that the home team were sporting ahead of the game.

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I've heard already there are warmup shirts or whatever. We will not wear them, we cannot.

If somebody thinks they have to remind us that you have to earn to go the Champions League, that is a joke. That's a real joke and it makes me angry.

They put it into our dressing room. If it was a Leeds idea, thank you very much, nobody has to remind us. Maybe they should remind themselves.

Strong words all around.

Jamie Carragher applauded Klopp's attitude on the matter and hoped the managers of more of the clubs involved would follow suit.

SEE ALSO: How Would Teams At Euro 2020 Look Without 'The Super League' Players?

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