Jurgen Klopp and James Milner speak out against European Super League plan opposed by Newcastle United

Jurgen Klopp has spoken out against the proposed European Super League ahead of Newcastle United’s visit to Anfield.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 6:00 am

Klopp’s Liverpool are one of six Premier League clubs signed up for the breakaway league.

The 14 Premier League clubs not involved will meet this morning to discuss their response to a move which threatens the future of the domestic game.

Klopp gave his view on the plan, which is “strongly opposed” by Newcastle, before last night’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road.

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Liverpool’s manager, speaking to Sky Sports, said he stood by his words from 2019 when he said he “hoped this Super League will never happen”.

“It didn’t change – my opinion didn’t change,” said Klopp, whose side entertain United on Saturday. “It’s a tough one, people are not happy with that. I can understand that, but I cannot say a lot more about it, because we were not involved in any processes – not the players, not me. We didn’t know about it. The facts are out there, and we’ll have to see how it develops.

“I have no issues with the Champions League – I like the competitive factor of football.

“I like the fact that West Ham might play in the Champions League next year. I don’t want them to, because we want to do that, but I like that they have the chance.”

Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool’s James Milner echoed Klopp’s view. The former Newcastle midfielder said: “I can only say my own opinion. I don't like it, and I hope it doesn't happen for the same reasons as everyone else."