With Liverpool being one of the clubs announcing themselves as part of the proposed new European Super League it might have some Rangers fans worrying about their future managerial situation.
The Anfield club are one of the biggest and most powerful in the world game at present but over even the last three decades they haven’t quite performed at the level historically expected of them.Their presence in this elitist group of money-grabbers – despite being traditionally considered a socialist, working-man’s football club in the image of the city and Sir Matt Busby – has left plenty sick.
Not least many of their own fans.
Alongside some of the biggest clubs in football Liverpool and their charges hope to solidify their position at the top of the global game eternally, raking in a fortune year-on-year in some kind of footballing world series built in the image of their commercially indulgent American owners.
This is the opposite standpoint of the views of German coach Jurgen Klopp who has previously spoken out against the European Super League.
Back in 2019, Klopp said he hoped the league would “never happen” and bemoaned “a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years” [Liverpool Echo].
The ex-Dortmund manager was once again asked about the proposals as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Leeds United in the Premier League now that they’ve been enshrined in writing between the 12 named clubs.
These are Arsenal, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham from England and AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid from Italy and Spain.
“I don’t like it one bit and hopefully it doesn’t happen,” said Klopp [BBC Sport].
“It [the current system] has worked well for a long time. What has made it special, what we have done over the last few years, is we have earned the right to win the Champions League and the Premier League. The product we have currently is very good.
“It is difficult. Coming into the game today Leeds fans were making their feelings shown. As players we don’t really have a say so it feels a bit unjust.”
When pressed on speculation about his future, Klopp said, “I heard I will resign. If times get tough it makes me even more sticky that I will stay”.
So whilst there is definitely friction between Klopp, Liverpool and this proposed European Super League, Rangers fans probably don’t have much to worry about just yet.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard – a humbling man who rarely if ever forgets his roots – has been signposted as a future Anfield manager, the ex-Reds midfielder having a spiritual home on Merseyside.But going by the route Liverpool appear to be on, does the American regime look like it has any respect for sentimentality regarding the Anfield club’s history?
Not that Gerrard would be invited to manage Liverpool on sentiment alone – the Gers boss’ success in Glasgow currently has another Premier League ESL club linked to the manager.