Liverpool have announced they are pulling out of the European Super League, joining their fellow ‘Big Six’ Premier League clubs in doing so.
The Reds released a short, dismissive statement late on Tuesday confirming the news.
“Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued,” reads the statement.
“In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.”
The statement bears no sense of regret or hint of an apology, even though Liverpool faced huge backlash from their fans for their involvement in the elitist competition.
Supporters staged a protest outside Anfield on Monday and supporters’ groups removed their famous flag displays from the Kop.
News Liverpool have begun the withdrawal process will come as a relief to manager Jurgen Klopp, who made no secret of his dismay at the plans.
“I’m here as a football coach and a manager and I will do that as long as people let me do that. That’s how it is,” said Klopp on Monday.
“It’s not the situation I have today that I will resign or whatever. When time’s get even tougher that makes me more sticky that I stay here, so it’s just like that.
“I feel responsible for the team, I feel responsible for the club and I feel responsible for the relationship we have with our fans – and that’s why it’s a very tough time I’m sure.
“But I will try to help to sort it somehow.”
Midfield veteran and Reds vice-captain James Milner was similarly opposed to the plans.
“I can only say my own personal opinion. I don’t like it and hopefully it doesn’t happen,” he told Sky Sports.
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