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Klopp Talk: New Champions League Plan Is A ‘Joke’

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The boss isn’t a fan of the new proposal

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It’s been an absolutely insane week for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool due to The Super League fiasco. While 12 of the biggest teams in world football were trying to ruin the game we love, UEFA snuck through an equally bad plan. Surprise! The Liverpool manager hates this too.

“The most positive thing is it didn’t happen but I’m not now involved that much anymore because I started again focusing on preparing the team.” Klopp said. “But what I’ve heard, it’s not over yet, and I don’t mean that the Super League could still happen. Obviously now there are a lot of discussions about other things as well and we could speak a lot about these kinds of things I am just not here to do that always.

“Everybody knows my views on more games and stuff like this and that’s why what Pep said yesterday was always my opinion. You cannot just introduce always new competitions.

“So yes the Super League is off the table, good, but the new Champions League is not that you think, ‘Oh great, let’s just do that!’

“They showed it to me, they called me and I had an hour with UEFA to show the whole idea and I said, ‘I don’t like it’, because there are 10 games instead of six and I have no idea where we shall put them and we will see what happens then.

“Maybe UEFA will ask that the cup competition in England gets cancelled or whatever or that we have only 18 teams in the league or stuff like this.

“You tell that to the Premier League and they will say no way; tell that to the EFL and they will say no way.”

Klopp is not one who is shy about sharing his critiques when he has them, and it always comes down to a few things for him. His players and the supporters. He continues to explain his frustrations with the new competition.

“The only people who never get asked are the coaches, the players, and the supporters. I know the supporters think, ‘They can play more games, they get paid a lot of money’, but we are already on the edge.

“Believe me, all the coaches think the same, the coaches of the teams who play international football. So, if they all think the same, there must be something in it that it could be a little too much.

“Again, UEFA didn’t ask us, the Super League didn’t ask us, nobody asked us, it’s always just play more games. We said before, that’s not possible; in this structure at the moment, it’s not possible.

“You cannot have 20 teams in the league, two cup competitions, playing 10 international games before Christmas. These things are all impossible.

“But, how I said, we don’t get asked, we just have to deliver.”

“I’m not naïve. I know things will be discussed. I have no problem with change. We all wanted to have the new Super League away, but at the same moment we have the new Champions League.

“Who read this concept and said ‘oh, that’s perfect!’? Who tells me now that it’s not about money? It’s a joke!

“I said it before with the Nations League, or when FIFA wanted to have a Club World Cup. They don’t ask, they just introduce it. Why? Money.”