Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told The Times that Leeds United fans knew that he and his the players were not at fault for the European Super League.
Klopp has said that the Leeds fans who protested against Liverpool and the European Super League outside Elland Road on Monday evening knew that the team were not the ones who were doing the project.
However, the Leeds supporters protested anyway as they needed someone to “put their attention on”, according to Klopp.
Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were the English clubs who were part of the European Super League, a project that soon collapsed under pressure from the fans, the players, the media and various football governing bodies.
Klopp told The Times: “Of course, football fans are like this. It is not about fair play in these moments. I am pretty sure the supporters of Leeds who were showing up at the stadium and running after us, they knew as well that we [players and coaching staff] were not involved in it but they didn’t care.
“Yes, it will be even worse when people are back in the stadiums. It started already in Leeds. The Leeds supporters wanted to show us, as a team, they were shouting at us that we were greedy.
“What? What are you talking about? But that is exactly the situation we all create. They need to find somebody they can put their attention on, and in this case it was us.
“It was not deserved but, as I said before, Liverpool is much more than this and that’s what I want to make sure [of].”
The face of Liverpool
Klopp does have a point. It was not him or his Liverpool players who started and wanted the European Super League, it was the club owners and the chief executives.
However, the players and the managers are the faces of football clubs, and that is why Klopp and his Liverpool player faced the brunt of the criticism from the Leeds fans on Monday.
However, everyone can move on now. The European Super League has been disbanded, and fans can relax a bit.