Jurgen Klopp has been reflecting on the tumultuous events of the last few days in his weekly press briefing.
The Liverpool manager says he has not received nor sought a personal apology from owner John W Henry for the club’s involvement in the Super League fiasco.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to be honest. I think I was mentioned in the (video) apology, and the team as well, so that was personal enough for me. No, we have not spoken since then.”
Klopp hopes the relationship between the supporters and owners will heal.
“I cannot tell millions and millions of people how to deal with the situation. I can say how I will try to deal with it,” he said.
“I know the owners for six years. I know there were some moments where they sometimes did not make the right decision – this time for sure – but that doesn’t change too much for me. I prefer dealing with the people I know, rather than just changing, because then you might have the same problems again.
“The only thing I can say is that I really hope the bond between us and our supporters might even get stronger, and we don’t only discuss the things that happened in the past. I just don’t understand life like this. I can tell you I know our owners, they are not perfect like I am not and you are not, but they are good, not bad people. They made a bad decision, that’s true, but let’s carry on. That’s my point of view.
“They all learned their lesson. They will not come around the corner next week and try to do something. I’m pretty sure of that. But now we have to make sure we don’t get any harm off it, a different atmosphere in the club or something. That would be the really bad thing about it. They tried something, it wasn’t allowed, so let’s go back to the beautiful game it always was.
“I think that it’s completely normal after something like this that everybody thinks how can we carry on, but it needs time. You cannot sort it in a week.
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“We as a team have to be concentrated on the things we are actually here for, playing football. That’s what we try to do.”
On his players reaction, co-ordinating tweets opposing the ESL, Klopp said:
“It was very good. I’m not surprised about that. They are grown-up people, top characters, top blokes and it was a really good thing to do, just saying your opinion. That’s what they did. Not the first time and for sure not the last time.”
Now Klopp wants a review of changes across football, repeating long-held views about fixture overload.
Klopp said: “Everybody knows my view on more games. You cannot just introduce more games and more competitions. Yes the Super League is off the table. Good. Very good. But the new Champions League is not ‘oh great, let’s do that’. Who read this concept and said ‘oh, that’s perfect!’? Who tells me now that it’s not about money? It’s a joke!
“They showed it to me, they called me and I had one hour with Uefa to see the whole idea, and I said ‘I don’t like it’. There are 10 games instead of six, and I have no idea where we shall put them in. We will see what happens then. Maybe Uefa will ask for the cup competitions in England to be cancelled, or that we have 18 teams only in the league, stuff like this. Tell that to the Premier League and the EFL and they say ‘no way’.
“It’s just ‘play more games’ and as we said before, that’s not possible in this structure. You cannot have 20 teams in the league, two cup competitions, 10 European games before Christmas. We don’t get asked, we just have to deliver.
“We said it before with the Nations League, or when Fifa wanted to have a Club World Cup. They don’t ask, they just introduce it. Why? Money.”
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