It appears that the European Super League is happening. Liverpool owners FSG have sold out and signed up for the all-new breakaway division which is set to change the beautiful game as we know it.
In fact, almost everyone apart from the owners of the 12 founding clubs is against this new development.
The news is still fresh. There are plenty of ramifications, twists and turns yet to come in the coming days, weeks and months.
The effects of the new European Super League are obvious.
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Every single game Liverpool play from now on will have little meaning. They will have practically nothing to play for if they do not have to qualify for a European tournament.
And that is if they aren’t kicked out of the Premier League.
Even the games they play in the Super League will have little excitement. The buzz of playing a European heavyweight will be heavily diluted when they are playing them every week.
Everything is completely up in the air.
All we can do for now is talk about the immediate future.
Super League the headline no matter what happened last night
The talk going into the Leeds clash was all about Liverpool trying to secure a top 4 place. The Reds simply had to win every one of their remaining games to secure that spot.
After getting knocked out of the Champions League, qualifying for the tournament next season became the sole focus this campaign.
Yet yesterday’s news looks to have rendered any talk of a Champions League place obsolete.
Essentially, Liverpool had nothing to play for last night. If the Super League begins next August, Jurgen Klopp’s side will not be in UEFA’s premier competition either way.
And that is the next thing to look forward to – the manager’s opinion.
A football romantic coaching a famously left-wing club, one can only assume that he is completely against this Super League. His pre-match interview was the most interesting one ever carried out.
Talk of big-money signings this summer seems the most unimportant thing in the world. How Klopp will evolve his all-conquering outfit of old in the next few years does not matter.
Could the players even focus on the game? After all, their futures have changed dramatically.
The word “unprecedented” has become all too common in the last 12 months. But how else can you sum up what is going on at the moment?