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Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann’s damning verdict on John W Henry statement

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has taken aim at John W Henry’s statement following Liverpool’s U-turn on the European Super League.

The Reds were announced as one of the 12 founding members of the competition that would effectively replace the Champions League.

Just 48 hours later, they were then one of six Premier League clubs to turn their backs on the doomed competition, as the project teeters on the brink of collapse.

However, even after confirming they would no longer uphold their membership, supporters have still been left dismayed at the idea to join the competition which would have seen a “closed shop” at the top of the European game.

Liverpool’s principal owner Henry was forced into a grovelling apology on Wednesday morning, where he said sorry to a number of people, including manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool fans were furious after their inclusion in the ESL was announced on Sunday

“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours,” the statement began.

“It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No-one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.

“And I want to apologise to Jürgen, to Billy, to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud. They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption.

Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry offered his apologies to supporters and employees on Wednesday morning
Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry offered his apologies to supporters and employees on Wednesday morning

“They were the most disrupted and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love your club and work to make you proud every single day.

“I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward.

Henry continued: “More than a decade ago when we signed up for the challenges associated with football, we dreamed of what you dreamed of.

“And we’ve worked hard to improve your club. Our work isn’t done. And I hope you’ll understand that even when we make mistakes, we’re trying to work in your club’s best interests. In this endeavour I’ve let you down.”

Dietmar Hamann offered a blunt response to Henry's statement
Dietmar Hamann offered a blunt response to Henry’s statement

But in a blunt response on social media, Hamann, who won the Champions League during his time at Anfield, said: “Worse than if he said nothing.”

Hamann has been a vocal critic of FSG in recent days, suggesting that the Bill Shankly statue should be taken down in response to their betrayal of the club.

He told Sky Sports: “If this is where Liverpool want to be, you may as well tear the Shankly statue down because Liverpool Football Club always stood for helping each other, being there for people, not only their employees, but people in the city, outside the city. Whoever needed the help, the club were there.”

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