James Milner took another little dig at the European Super League on Monday evening. The Liverpool star is one of the few major players to be openly against the move.
James Milner is against the European Super League. We can’t factually say that about many players but the Liverpool star openly voiced his opposition.
He did so after the game against his boyhood club Leeds United.
“I don’t like it one bit and hopefully it doesn’t happen,” he told BBC Sport.
“It [the current system] has worked well for a long time. What has made it special, what we have done over the last few years, is we have earned the right to win the Champions League and the Premier League. The product we have currently is very good.”
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That earned Milner praise and rightfully so. It’s a brave move, given he’s a prominent player for one of the 12 ESL clubs.
In fact, he wore the armband for Liverpool last night.
He wasn’t quite done with his comments, either. Milner took to Twitter to aim another little dig at the ESL.
“Should have seen the game out, but credit to Leeds United,” he wrote. “We fight with all we have to qualify for the Champions League…that’s our job.”
And it is, we think. That was one of the strange things about Monday evening’s game, though – we weren’t sure if it meant anything.
Liverpool’s owners don’t want to be in the Champions League, it seems. Thus a top-four spot is absolutely meaningless, given the ESL doesn’t require any qualification.
That should highlight just how ridiculous these plans are. With the ESL format, a game like last night’s has no real effect on anything.
But then, that’s almost certainly the plan. Yes, these clubs want to remain in the Premier League for now but long-term, the goal will be absolute monopolisation of football.
They’ll water down the Premier League, render it meaningless, and make the ESL the only place to watch ‘serious’ football. We can’t let them do that.
And it’ll take players like Milner opposing the plans to do so.