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Leeds Players Wear ‘Champions League: Earn It’ T-Shirts Before Game Vs Liverpool

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Leeds Players Wear ‘Champions League: Earn It’ T-Shirts Before Game Vs Liverpool

Leeds United provoked an angry reaction from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp over their 'Champions League: Earn It' T-shirts at Elland Road.

The Leeds players warmed up in the T-shirts pre-match - a clear message directed at the announcement of a breakaway European Super League, of which Liverpool are set to be a founding member.

Klopp revealed pre-match that some of the T-shirts had been left in the away dressing room and it was this - rather than the message on the T-shirts themselves - that had clearly annoyed the LFC coach.

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The 53-year-old claimed on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show that nobody needed to tell Liverpool or their players that a place in the Champions League had to be earned on the pitch.

"We will not wear it," Klopp said of the T-shirts, which read 'Football is for the Fans' on the back. "If somebody thinks we need to be reminded we need to earn the right to play in the Champions League, that is a joke"

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Klopp went on to give his thoughts on the Super League, a concept he has criticised in the past. He added that he - nor his players - were involved or consulted over the decision of the club to participate in the competition.

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Before the Monday night game between Leeds and Liverpool, fans of both clubs joined forces to protest the Super League - which was shockingly announced on Sunday with 12 founding members, including six from the Premier League.

The 12 founding teams involved in the Super League include six from the Premier League. Liverpool are joined by Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

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The English clubs are joined by a trio from Serie A in AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus; as well as three from La Liga: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

There has been a widespread backlash against the decision with UEFA threatening to sanction the teams involved, while football fans have largely turned on the clubs involved.

Monday night's match between Leeds and Liverpool is the first Premier League tie to take place since the joint announcement was released by the 12 clubs late on Sunday night.

Topics: Liverpool, Premier League, Leeds United, Jurgen Klopp

Alex Reid
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