Liverpool vice-captain James Milner admits he is against the club’s proposal to join a breakaway European Super League later this year.
European football is still reeling from confirmation on Sunday night that 12 leading clubs are planning to form a new and exclusive Super League, in which the founding members will be guaranteed qualification year on year regardless of sporting achievements.
The Premier League’s so-called Big Six clubs have expressed their support for the proposal, along with Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid and Italy’s AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
The news has sparked widespread outrage throughout Europe, with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin branding it a “spit in the face” of supporters.
And following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw away at Leeds on Monday night, Milner has risked the wrath of Anfield chiefs by admitting he “doesn’t like” the idea of a European Super League.
“I don’t know, I think it’s the same as everyone. There’s a lot of questions,” he told Sky Sports.
“I can only say my own personal opinion. I don’t like it and hopefully it doesn’t happen.
“[I don’t like it for] the same reasons as everyone else who has been talking out over the last day.
“Obviously it’s been difficult for us, trying to prepare for the game, but I can only imagine what been said about it and I probably agree with most of it.”
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Liverpool players received a more than hostile welcome at Elland Road, arriving to find Leeds supporters burning the club’s shirts and chasing their team bus.
Hundreds of fans gathered at the ground to show their displeasure with the proposal, but Milner insists Reds players did not deserve to be vilified.
“I think the players obviously have no say so the welcome we got to the game felt a bit unjust,” he continued.
“We’re here to play football and have no control over it. For us we just have to get on the field and try to finish the season strong.”
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