A disgruntled Liverpool fan's view in response to the European Super League

As a lifelong Liverpool fan and with football erupting into chaos before our very eyes, it is time to offer thoughts on the European Super League
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Before we bite into this, it is worth going on the record to say nothing within this article is directed as an attack or in a threatening way, more so an outpouring of passion and disappointment from a disgruntled lifelong fan.

It's time to put the chequebook away and think of the real stakeholders of the game, the supporters, the life and soul of the football club.

The prospect of the European Super League remains glittery and fancy with billions being splashed on it, but it runs the risk of smudging the great face of the game by ripping apart a traditional model that supporters have bought into for generations.

Sometimes, it isn't all rosy, that's understandable. UEFA and FIFA are by no means patron saints in all of this, neither are Sky, BT and whoever else has succumbed to ferocious finger-pointing, but at this moment in the time, shifting blame left, right and centre isn't the idea. 

Football in Merseyside is a working-class sport, the people embody the spirit on the terraces, this is under attack from the ideology of the European Super League.

Across the country and Europe, it brings together everyone from every walk of life. From the giant killings to the powerhouses steaming to glory, it is what formed our love for the beautiful game. Not only this but we will see decades of rivalries with Everton evaporate or clashes with Manchester City and United without the same bragging rights as they've held before.

The complexion of football will change, already it has a plethora of anger and disdain. Not just supports despise the idea but players, managers and staff across the board aren't in favour.

What this idea does is attacks the hundreds of years of growth, adaptation, successes and failures.

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Generations have not spent their hard-earned money vying for their beloved team to go through the years winning titles and suffering heartache for it all to be crumpled up and tossed into the bin to pave the way for European elitists to create a footballing monopoly.

Liverpool, Manchester City, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all have a rich history that is cemented and engrained into the life and soul of respective supporters.

In the Reds sense, this tears down the work of every manager, every founding father of the club, those who made the club what it is today, every man, woman and child who has roared on 11 men since establishment in 1892.

Liverpool are a global brand and let that continue. But not through the greed of a one dimensional, spiritless league format.

Yes, we want to see it throw up some amazing heavy metal clashes. But that’s what the Champions League is for.

It isn't just that anymore with the ongoing revelations that continue to seap through onto social media including expulsion from domestic leagues and cups.

Albeit a remote celebration, Liverpool won their first English championship for 30 years, we saw thousands of fans line the streets on the Strand and outside Anfield in celebration.

Think back to 2005 and 2019, millions took to the streets to welcome the heroes home, with the moving over to the Super League was all of this in vain? Is it all forgotten? 

Them moments in history are what shape clubs and what people tell their grandkids for generations to follow. You spend your life hoping and praying for your respective clubs to be successful whether it be against your nearest, fierce rivals or winning multiple accolades, they sculpt the chip on your shoulder and shaped the face of the sport we know and love.

There is nothing better - and worse - than the hope your beloved club gives you only to see your dreams come into fruition or shatter before your very eyes. With the European Super League, dubbed a "cash-injected International Champions Cup" (a pre-season tournament held across the world, with the final staged in America), it almost feels robotic and lifeless. The idea of European powerhouses facing off every week is the idea but Jurgen Klopp said two years ago 'who wants to see Liverpool play Real Madrid' every week, to be honest, not me. 

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The footballing tradition has been threatened with plots to make way for a modern structure of football but is that just a smokescreen for the cash flow to speed up and drive a greater divide between clubs and fans? 

Take Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has transformed the club, unified fans, created a strong relationship between players and supporters and brought domestic and international success back to Anfield. It says a lot about the mantras we have come to live by, You'll Never Walk Alone and From Doubters to Believers, the German head coach along with his squad have sprung an unbreakable bond between the supporters, the players and coaching staff. Sunday's announcement has threatened this but on Monday night, Milner and Klopp portrayed unification and echoed what the real representatives within the footballing world was actually thinking. The 53-year-old is the perfect embodiment of the Liverpool way and there is no better person to lead the club forward politically and professionally, I would do an awful lot to see him stay beyond his current contract. Anyway, besides emphasising my affection for the German, let's continue. 

Where else would we see corners taken quickly, lovely cushioned headers or even in the past a sea of red coming together after witnessing a Liverpool player put the ball in the back of the net? Maybe in the Super League but not to the magnitude and significance that we have witnessed in the past.

I, for one, haven’t spent 23 years of my life invested in the tears and joy of what the footballing system has thrown in the clubs' direction, alongside the handling of the situation regarding players and officials makes this all the more fraught.

It’s hard to ignore the seismic bridge that this has driven not only between fans and their beloved clubs but of those at the club, the employees including Jurgen Klopp and the first-team squad.

This is a disaster from the get-go. Throw all the money in the world at it, but we have seen since project restart that Football is Nothing Without Fans, ruin - or financially save - the beautiful at your own peril, footballers, coaching staff, staff at the clubs and fans will not buy into this idea. Barring players such as Andy Robertson and Scott McTominay representing their nation on the world stage this side of the century, as Ian Doyle rightly pointed out, or denying Mohamed Salah the chance to captain his country? 

The project has rattled the footballing world to its very core, now isn’t the time to turn your back on the clubs you’ve loved. This isn't a war cry by any means, I may be auburn by hair colour but I definitely am not braveheart but tribalism shouldn't be a resort at this stage.

The idea is nice and glittery but we shouldn't allow football to fall into the trap of a financial wormhole, which may benefit clubs in the short term but harm the game in the long term.

Don’t get me wrong, as I eluded to earlier, UEFA and the proposed ESL are both just as bad as each other, in my opinion. The European governing body has contributed in allowing for this to have such financial implications and enabling the Super League to swoop in with an offer of an economic safety net.  

On a moral level, we have seen Fans Support Foodbanks unite with clubs across the country to feed those in need, not allowing children to go without a meal, billions of dollars or pounds don't filter through the deprived areas of London, Liverpool or Manchester. Also, grassroots football is seeing teams fold and pitches bulldozed to make way for housing, the birthing place of the talent of our heroes and future Liverpool, Everton, world-class stars is under threat. That is a statement for another day and I could go on all day about the financial state of the game, but the bottom line of this passage is loyal supporters, who spend their hard-earned money on meeting the extortionate financial demands of football, are being left in the dirt, if their voices aren't heard and they like many other figures, are letting down millions upon millions of fans and for what?

This use of brinkmanship surrounding UEFA, FIFA and the newly formed founding members of the European Super League is a sign that changes across the board need to be made, but that’s without delving into footballing politics. 

However, in the heat of the argument, views can be skewed and a lot of misconceptions can convulse. There are no innocent parties throughout this, but it is time for the fans to have back what is rightly theirs. A greater role within the structure. 

Now is the time for our owners to speak up. As they're supposed to, being the voice of the club but importantly the supporters and that is where the trail goes cold, you see it on the faces of Jurgen Klopp and James Milner; the players and the employees of this great club, in my opinion, have been failed. First, we must say 'no to the European Super League' and then greater efforts must be made to piece together the broken relationship that has hit the fanbase where it hurts. Time after time, they/we are left at a disadvantage whether it be rising ticket prices, £100+ for a men's shirt and beyond half of that for a children's strip, furloughing of loyal staff, TV subscription costs. These aren’t “legacy fans”, they’re supporters, they are the life and soul of everything at ground level. Managers, players, owners, whoever it may be, but supporters stay, their unity, almighty bond and their association with the football club is unrivalled, unparalleled but most importantly, forever unbeaten.


*DISCLAIMER: These are the views of the author, Stephen Killen, and not of or shared by LFC Transfer Room and Sports Illustrated.*