Following the controversial breakaway European Super League announcement and subsequent quick collapse, Liverpool FC have agreed to open discussions with supporters following the strong backlash.
Supporters group Spirit of Shankly (SOS) had polled its members on the next step to be taken, and the vote was overwhelmingly (89%) in favour of SOS’ representation at board level, in addition to working with the club on a reform agenda.
Upon receiving the message from the group. Liverpool’s chief executive, Billy Hogan, replied within 24 hours in order “to restore good faith to our engagement process as quickly as possible and underline the seriousness with which we are taking the current situation and the need for positive, meaningful change to occur”.
In the letter, Hogan wrote:
It is positive that SOS has opted to re-engage with the club as it will allow the necessary conversations to take place, for views to be aired and, hopefully, for workable solutions to be found in keeping with the best interests of the club.
In the spirit of your approach, I will seek to convene an initial meeting as soon as our diaries allow.
Let’s hope this is more than just posturing from the club and an actual effort to engage the fans and make sure such a debacle doesn’t ever happen again.