Jurgen Klopp is against the new World Cup proposal – and that’s putting it mildly. The Liverpool boss only sees one hope in wake of FIFA’s plans.
There’s a new proposal to play the World Cup every two years. Arsene Wenger is a force behind the idea, claiming it would benefit football as a whole.
But not everyone sees it that way. Jurgen Klopp, for instance, is vehemently against the idea. Not that every manager shares that view. Pep Guardiola is actually in favour, it seems, saying it would be good.
Klopp, though, went far stronger with his thoughts on the proposal. He does not think anyone has the game’s best interests at heart.
Klopp on new World Cup proposal
“Whatever people say that it’s about giving different countries opportunities, in the end, it’s all about money, that’s how it is,” he said, per iNews.
“That’s fine. But in the end, at one point somebody has to start understanding that without the players – the most important ingredients of this wonderful game – we cannot play it. Nobody is more important than the players.
“But they [the governing bodies] don’t care, they just don’t care. It’s always one main interest, and all the rest is not interesting.
“There must be a point when all the confederations sit together and start thinking about the game and not only about their benefit. I’m already 54 but I’m not sure if I’ll be alive when that happens.”
The Liverpool boss isn’t exactly positive about the future, then. He believes that unless there’s a fundamental change in how governing bodies think, things will only get worse.
And he’s probably right. We’ve already seen changes to the Champions League in recent years that are firmly money-driven and screw over smaller nations in favour of profit. Then, of course, there’s the Super League idea that finally came to light in 2021 and refuses to die.
Again, it’s an idea that would cripple football but make a lot of money for a select group of people.
It feels as though the game is reaching a tipping point, with more pressure put on players and smaller groups actually seeing the benefit. This new World Cup idea is just the latest example of that.