Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s future is reportedly under serious threat after the fiasco over the failed European Super League.
The Reds, along with five other Premier League clubs, backed out of the controversial plans on Tuesday. Indeed, the idea lasted only 48 hours, after Sunday’s bombshell announcement. Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have also severed ties with the breakaway.
However, the spotlight has particularly fallen on Liverpool throughout the dramatic episode.
Klopp’s team were the first to play following the announcement, as they played Leeds on Monday evening. As such, all eyes were on the German for his reaction to the plans.
In a stunning reveal, he admitted that neither he nor his players had no prior knowledge of the club’s Fenway Sports Group’s (FSG) plans to take part.
He insisted that he did not want the plans to go through, backing up his similar view on the topic from 2019.
But despite the manager getting his wish, Football Insider reports that the events have left deep wounds between the coach and his superiors.
Klopp reportedly felt ‘furious’ at FSG for ‘hanging him out to dry’ as regards facing the media over the plans.
Indeed, he felt ‘devastated’ at the fact that the owners did not consult him before the announcement.
Therefore, his future at Anfield remains ‘far from secure’, with the relationship now requiring ‘urgent repair’.
FSG chief apologises to Liverpool fans
On Tuesday morning, Liverpool‘s principal owner John W Henry sent a grovelling apology to the club’s fans.
He also addressed his admittance of wrongdoing to Klopp and Reds CEO Billy Hogan.
The 73-year-old American said: “I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I’ve caused over the past 48 hours.
“It goes without saying, but should be said, that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No-one ever thought differently in England.
“Over these 48 hours we were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you. And I want to apologise to Jurgen, to Billy, to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud.”