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James Milner Says He Hopes European Super League Doesn't Happen In Brutally Honest Interview

Josh Lawless

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James Milner Says He Hopes European Super League Doesn't Happen In Brutally Honest Interview

James Milner shared his disapproval of the European Super League after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Leeds United.

The game at Elland Road, Milner's first at his old stomping ground since he left Leeds in 2004, became secondary after the bombshell news of the breakaway league involving the Premier League's 'Big Six'.

Both Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher spent the majority of the Monday Night Football episode slamming the plans and following on from players, governing bodies and MPs speaking out, Liverpool vice-skipper Milner admitted he is very much opposed to the idea.


"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," Milner told Sky Sports post-match.

Prior to the game, Liverpool's bus was booed by Leeds supporters who displayed banners condemning the European Super League and Milner felt that wasn't fair.

Image: PA
Image: PA

He added: "The players obviously have no say so the welcome we got to the ground tonight felt a bit unjust because we're here to play football and have no control over it."

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford claimed there wasn't one football fan who was happy about the shocking news but also questioned where the same uproar was for tackling racism within the sport.

As he did in 2019, Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp reiterated his dislike after only being informed of the plans by Liverpool's owners on Sunday.

He did, however, take issue with comments made by Neville, as well as both the reception from Leeds supporters and the t-shirts players wore with the message, "Football is for the fans. Earn it" prior to the game.

As per The Guardian, Klopp said: "The team has nothing to do with it and I have not really anything to do with it but people treat us like we do. Leeds supporters came here today before the game and were shouting at us.

"In the city when we had a walk this afternoon people were shouting at us. We are employees of the club. I am responsible for a lot of things and when I am involved in things I take the criticism easily, but we are not involved in this.

"It is a tough one at the moment when you hear all your pundits talking about it. This club is bigger than all of us. We should not forget this. This club was built in difficult times and went through difficult times. That is really important to mention because when people like Martin Samuel [Daily Mail journalist] say they should condemn us to hell, that is not right.

"Gary Neville has not the right to talk about our anthem. Our owners made a decision but that is one part of the club. The whole club is bigger than any of us. They should calm it down a bit. We are human beings. The Leeds supporters did not know we had nothing to do with it. They were shouting at us like I said: 'Let's go to the Super League!' You are dealing with human beings here."

On Monday, after hearing news of the league that their owner John W.Henry is to be one of the vice-chairman of, Liverpool supporters protested by hanging banners outside Anfield.

"LFC Fans Against European Super League" and "Shame On You. RIP LFC. 1892-2021" banners were pictured on the gates.

Supporters groups also pledged to take banners down from the Kop.

Klopp, who dismissed rumours he will step down, understood frustrations and hopes to help the situation.

"I am here as a football coach and manager and I will do that as long as people let me do that," Klopp said in his press conference.

"I heard today that I will resign. That makes me more sticky that I will stay. I feel responsible for the team, I feel responsible for the club and the relationship we have with our fans. It is a very tough time but I will try to help to sort it somehow."

Topics: Liverpool, European Super League, James Milner, Football, Premier League

Josh Lawless
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