Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) will sign off plans to create a new ‘supporter’s board’ in April, according to a report.
The club’s American owners came in for criticism last year upon the announcement of the failed European Super League. They were joined by the rest of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ in signing up to the breakaway competition, only to pull out soon afterwards.
Fans and players alike made it clear they wanted no part in the ESL. That forced the English teams to admit they were wrong and leave.
However, the competition may not be dead and buried after all as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are now hoping to bring it back to the negotiating table.
FSG are unlikely to get involved this time around after the huge backlash. Instead, they are looking at ways to improve the relationship with fans.
According to The Athletic, they will finalise plans to bring supporters onto the board in April.
The plans initially came about in December and should go through later this year. The delay is down to the precise work being done by supporter group Spirit of Shankly (SoS). They want the agreement to be as effective as possible.
‘No resistance’ from Liverpool, FSG chiefs
The creation of the new board has been possible as SoS members have been with ‘no resistance’ from Liverpool or FSG officials.
The decision means Liverpool followers will have ‘meaningful fan representation on strategic issues at main board and executive levels’. Furthermore, it will be a legally binding agreement.
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Even if FSG decide to sell Liverpool in the future, the fan board won’t be affected. That’s because the agreement is with Liverpool FC, rather than the American owners.
The aim of the project is to prevent debacles such as the European Super League from happening again at Anfield. It is unclear just how much weight the supporters’ voices will carry, though it is certainly a positive move for the club.
Mo Salah ‘shocked’ by Ballon d’Or results
Meanwhile, Liverpool forward Mo Salah admits he was left ‘shocked’ after only finishing seventh in the recent Ballon d’Or rankings.
The Egyptian star hit 31 goals in 51 appearances last term, helping the Reds to third in the Premier League and the UCL quarter-finals.
He has also been in terrific form during the current campaign, finding the net 27 times in just 32 matches so far.
Salah looked set for a top-three finish at the December ceremony, at the least, but it was not to be. He ended up seventh, with Lionel Messi instead picking up the award for the seventh time.
“The results of the Ballon d’Or were shocking to me,” Salah told DMC, via The Echo. “I don’t have much to say about it. But there was nobody who expected me to finish seventh last year, but that is what happened.”