The midfielder is not a fan of the proposed separate league (Photos: Getty / Sky Sports)
Liverpool captain James Milner has spoken out against the club’s owners in a massive statement against the European Super League, expressing hope that the proposed split will not go ahead.
The Merseysiders are said to have been one of the driving forces behind the new league, which would see all 12 founding members, including the Premier League’s big six, exempt from relegation.
Football fans, associations and even governments were outraged by the plans, UEFA threatened massive sanctions and the Premier League and FA were prepared to ban the six dissident clubs from playing in domestic competitions.
Leeds fans protested in large numbers against Super League plans (Photo: PA).
A number of players from clubs outside the European Super League have already expressed their displeasure with the plans. Now Milner has turned on his own club, criticising the proposals after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United.
Asked if the players had discussed the news, Milner told Sky Sports: I think it’s the same as everything else. There are several questions. I can only give you my personal opinion: I don’t like it and I hope it doesn’t come to that.
When asked why he didn’t like it, Milner added: Probably for the same reasons everyone else had the last two days.
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Obviously it was difficult for us, we were trying to prepare for the game, but I can only imagine what has been said about it, and I probably agree with most.
Liverpool’s players were given a hostile reception by protesting fans on their arrival at Elland Road on Monday night. Fans have flocked to the stadium to express their anger at the Super League, but Milner believes the anger is being diverted to the players.
He continued: I don’t think the players have any say in it, so the reception tonight was a bit unfair.
Leeds United fans gave the Liverpool team bus a bad reception (Photo: PA).
We’re here to play football and we can’t control it. But for us, we just have to go for it and finish the season strong.
He added: I think we just tried to focus on the game because there’s obviously a lot to do. We have to try to be professional and concentrate on the game, that’s the only thing we can control.
We found out like everyone else, I think when the news came out yesterday, it was the first we heard of it.
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