May 14, 2021

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James Milner: I don’t like the Super League and hope that doesn’t happen

James Milner has added his voice to those who oppose the European Super League proposal.

Veteran Liverpool midfielder Milner was speaking after a 1-1 draw with his boyhood club Leeds United at Elland Road – a game that was overshadowed by the vitriolic fallout over breakaway plans that have was controversially announced on Sunday.

Liverpool are one of 12 clubs, including all of the Premier League’s ‘big six’, to have signed up for plans for a new elite European competition that would effectively be a closed workshop with members permanent for 15 teams and with limited opportunities for the others. to qualify.

Stakeholders in the game, including UEFA and FIFA, have sharply criticized the move and Milner followed his coach Jurgen Klopp’s pre-game lead in disagreeing with the Boston-based Liverpool owners. , the Fenway Sports Group.

“I can only say my personal opinion. I don’t like it and I hope it doesn’t happen, ”the former Manchester City player told Sky Sports.

“It was difficult for us to try to prepare for a game. I can only imagine what has been said about this and I probably agree with most of them.

Leeds fans protested the Super League outside the stadium, as their players warmed up in t-shirts calling on Liverpool to ‘win’ the Champions League qualification.

Sadio Mane put the Reds ahead but Diego Llorente’s late header prevented the visitors from securing a victory that would have put them above fourth-placed West Ham on goal difference.

“The players don’t have a say. The reception on the pitch was a bit unfair, ”added Milner.

“We are here to play football and have no control over it.”