What Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said about European Super League as six Premier League clubs agree to join – ‘I hope it never happens’

It will be fascinating to see Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to the bombshell European Super League news, as the Liverpool boss has made it clear in the past he is NOT a fan of the proposals. The Reds, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham, plus six other European clubs, have agreed to join and […]

What Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said about European Super League as six Premier League clubs agree to join – ‘I hope it never happens’

It will be fascinating to see Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to the bombshell European Super League news, as the Liverpool boss has made it clear in the past he is NOT a fan of the proposals.

The Reds, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham, plus six other European clubs, have agreed to join and become founding members of the Super League, which will be a rival to the historic Champions League.

Klopp hopes a European Super League never happens
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The news has faced a strong backlash from most fans and former football stars, including Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Gary Lineker.

While the six English clubs all released joint statements on Sunday, we are yet to hear from the prominent figures at those sides, with all eyes on the likes of Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho over the coming days.

And it will be particularly interesting to see what Klopp has to say, having previously slammed the idea of a European Super League.

In 2019, he said: “I hope this Super League will never happen.

“With the way the Champions League is now running, football has a great product, even with the Europa League.

“For me, the Champions League is the Super League, in which you do not always end up playing against the same teams.

“Why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years?

“Who wants to see that every year?”

How the European Super League will work

It will be a new European competition between 20 top clubs

AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as the inital 12 founders

Three more founding clubs will join while a further five teams will qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season

Games will be played in midweek and all clubs will remain in their domestic leagues

There will be two groups of 10 clubs each, playing home and away fixtures within the group each year

The top three in each group will automatically qualify for the quarter-finals

Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions

A two-leg knockout format will then be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue

Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan are the other six European clubs joining the Super League.

A joint statement from the clubs read: “Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new midweek competition, the Super League, governed by its founding clubs.

“AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding clubs.

“It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.”