May 11, 2021

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The Liverpool fan group is meeting with a club to repair the damage from the ESL

Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly (SOS) group has had “positive” talks with the club in a bid to restore fan confidence, which has been severely damaged following the Reds’ recent attempt to join the doomed Super League.

Lead owner John Wenry has issued a public apology, taking full responsibility for Liverpool joining the breakaway race, but Spirit of Shankly is seeking fan representation at the board level to ensure that supporters are not excluded from decision-making in the future.

The meeting with SOS members took place with Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan, who earlier this week acknowledged the need for “positive, significant change.”

SOS outlined four main points, starting with a representation on the Liverpool board for everything related to “issues that affect fans and the Anfield community as a whole.” In particular, they are seeking a “chosen and responsible” representation of fans, not someone who is currently on the Liverpool board to get that position. In addition, it must make sense and be vetoed.

In addition, SOS wants a formal agreement to improve the cooperation and engagement and participation of fans, ensuring that it is sustainable and long-term.

They also asked the FSG and the club to work with them to “lead the reform agenda” at an upcoming national fan-led review.

Liverpool fans immediately revolted against the club on the issue of ESL
Liverpool fans immediately rebelled against the club over the ESL issue PAUL ELIS / Getty images

SOS also wants FSG to commit to paying all costs incurred in connection with the Super League scandal, perhaps through sanctions, and not to allow the club to bear any financial burden. It was noted that Arsenal fans have already secured a similar promise from the Kroenke family.

SOS says all four key proposals have been recognized by Hogan on behalf of Liverpool. Club staff will now discuss the measures and requests before giving a formal response.

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