Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller took aim at Liverpool specifically on Monday. It was, of course, over European Super League plans.
Liverpool embarrassed themselves on a global scale this week, announcing they are founding members of the European Super League. The Reds are one of 12 such clubs.
The competition – which isn’t actually competition at all, rather a closed shop that generates money for owners – would replace their commitment to the Champions League.
Now, 12 isn’t very many clubs, of course. There are thousands who weren’t quite lucky enough/ rich enough to get an invite.
Importantly, no clubs from Germany feature – Bayern Munich rejected their invite, as did Borussia Dortmund.
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The concept hasn’t gone down well over there, either, and has led to backlash. One high-profile name to speak out is Rudi Voller, who specifically took aim at Liverpool, per Bild.
“For a club where the fans sing ‘You’ll never walk alone’, that’s shameful.,” said Voller, now sporting director at Bayer Leverkusen.
“The fact that Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are not participating shows that they have backbone.”
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Can’t really put it better than that – it is absolutely shameful. The people in charge of Liverpool won’t feel embarrassed, though.
They’re found a way to make more money without actually doing anything. They bought the most successful club in English football history and after riding the wave of Jurgen Klopp, will see their asset dramatically rise in value.
Now, of course, they’re screwing over football, competition and the fans – but again, they make more money.
And let’s be honest – the owners couldn’t care less about ‘YNWA’. They see it as a marketing slogan, it means nothing to them.
The fans, though – those for whom it does hold meaning – can take pride in it. Football fans appear to be walking together on this and that’s likely the only way to stop it.