Liverpool released a statement on Tuesday evening, formally announcing the end of their involvement in a Super League. Said statement, however, does not look good.
It’s over even faster than it began. We heard on Sunday morning that there were rumblings of a Super League but it took all day before they announced it.
In fact, founding clubs didn’t post their messages until around 11pm BST. It’s almost as though they wanted to avoid backlash.
And they were right to want that, as it turns out. They just couldn’t avoid it.
We started Tuesday evening wondering how it would all go away, though. It wasn’t clear that this could be properly fought.
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But then Chelsea and Manchester City withdrew. Now all English clubs have.
The Super League dream is over – in England, anyway. Now comes the fallout. Hopefully, it’s strong.
While we wait for that, though, we got our first statements from the six English clubs who went with this idea. That meant we actually heard from the higher-ups at Liverpool.
Because throughout all of this, they hadn’t said a word. They didn’t even attach quotes to the initial announcement, instead leaving that to Joel Glazer of Manchester United.
They didn’t speak up on Monday, either. FSG left Jurgen Klopp and James Milner to face questions as the faces of an idea they didn’t want.
The first we’ve heard from them, then, is this statement saying they’re out.
FSG’s Liverpool statement
“Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued,” they wrote in a statement.
“In recent days, the club has received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally, and we would like to thank them for their valuable contributions.”
Now, to us, it sounds as though they didn’t quite want to leave. There’s no apology, no suggestion their minds have changed. They’re just out.
Compare to that the statement from Arsenal.
“It was never our intention to cause such distress, however when the invitation to join the Super League came, while knowing there were no guarantees, we did not want to be left behind to ensure we protected Arsenal and its future,” they wrote.
“As a result of listening to you and the wider football community over recent days we are withdrawing from the proposed Super League. We made a mistake, and we apologise for it.”‘
Those are just two paragraphs of an eight-paragraph statement. Arsenal went in-depth. They explained their thoughts – whether true or not – admitted a mistake, and apologised.
Do we forgive Arsenal? Of course not. They should face severe punishment for this. But at least they look prepared for that. At least they’re willing to accept they made a mistake.
FSG? None of that. Just a bland, forgettable statement. But given the way they’ve acted, perhaps we should be lucky to get that.
Let’s get them gone.