What Jamie Carragher said in his stark rant about FSG following European Super League withdrawal

The Liverpool legend insisted that he 'doesn't see how John Henry can come to the club again'.
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Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher launched a stinging attack on the Reds hierarchy shortly before the club's withdrawal from plans to form a breakaway Super League.

The European Super League caused divides across the higher powers within the sport of football and the idea of a split from the tradition of the game saw the revolt spearheaded by the television providers two main football pundits, Carragher and Gary Neville.

Both of the ex-players spoke in unison about how damaging the elite European league would be.

The ex-Manchester United full-back engaged in a war of words with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after their draw at Elland Road with Leeds United. 

Tuesday saw the pieces of the ESL puzzle begin to fade away with developing reports revealing that friction was beginning to appear with the participating clubs.

Fourteen Remaining Premier League clubs earlier that day spoke together against the plans to break off from the top-flight of English football, with city rivals Everton publishing a scathing statement of their own.

The 'Big Six' English clubs in the form of; Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, were named as the founding members of the European Super League with six other clubs from Italy and Spain completing the 12.

Initial plans were that it would be a league system without promotion or relegation with 20 teams participating set to commence as early as August 2021. 

Monday Night Football saw Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thrust in front of the camera and into the public eye, under 24 hours since the announcement, whilst players and playing staff-alike had no inkling of what the future held for their careers.

Those who agreed to join the league, fronted by the clubs' hierarchy, were met with threats of competition expulsion and banning of players featuring on the international stage.

During his career, the defender made 747 appearances in the red of Liverpool and he openly spoke about how damaging it would be not only for the Reds, insisting that the German head coach had been let down by his owners, but the complexion of the entire league system.

Following Chelsea's goalless draw with Brighton, Carragher was posed with the question surrounding the future of the owners. 

"There is still a few clubs hanging in there, one of them being my own club that embarrasses me a little bit more but in terms of the owners and sponsorship, I think the biggest worry is what is going on inside their own club and the supporters reaction." In an interview with Sky Sports.

The 43-year-old Liverpudlian, who has backed the players and managerial staff for their handling of the situation over the past few days, questioned how the Liverpool owners can still associate with the club after such a bizarre 48 hours. 

"I said this yesterday in terms of Jurgen Klopp walked, on the back of this these owners will be out within a week. Obviously, Jurgen Klopp has come out and said this isn't happening [him leaving] but I do not see how John Henry can sit in that wonderful main stand, something that he was a big part of building." He added.


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"I don't know how he sits there and watches the game, he doesn't come often, him or Tom Werner (Liverpool Chairman), his wife, Linda, I don't see how they can come to the club again on the back of this, this will never be forgotten. 

"I think the best thing for them to do is find a buyer, I'm not sure how easy that is with the situation that we're in but it will very difficult for them to have any kind of relationship with Liverpool supporters and the club going forward." He concluded.

Liverpool's withdrawal from the European Super League now opens the door for their bid to secure Champions League football next season, if they're allowed, but their 1-1 draw with Marcelo Bielsa's side dented their hopes.