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Liverpool leave European Super League

Word was of course forthcoming on Tuesday evening that Liverpool, along with the remaining five English clubs, had opted to leave the European Super League:

Liverpool Football Club can confirm that our involvement in proposed plans to form a European Super League has been discontinued.

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 20, 2021

The news came shortly after the Liverpool players released a joint statement expressing their opposition to the new league:

Liverpool players official statement shared by the captain Henderson. 🔴 #LFC pic.twitter.com/7kBgRs2G5f

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 20, 2021

It has also been by Andrea Agnelli that the ESL can no longer go ahead without the six English clubs, a victory for football fans around the globe.

Henry’s apology

Though it is fantastic to see the positive power supporters can have when they work together, we must not forget the people who tired to introduce this ‘closed shop’ league in the first place.

One of these men was obviously Liverpool owner, John W Henry, who has released an apology video on Wednesday morning:

John W Henry’s message to Liverpool supporters. pic.twitter.com/pHW3RbOcKu

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2021

The apology, though, did not feel at all sincere, and was quite clearly just a poor attempt to gain some positive PR after seeing basically the entirety of Liverpool’s fans and players turn on them.

And now, a number of journalists have moved to pick apart the apology.

One of the biggest issues coming out of the video is that Henry did not make any apology for Project Big Picture, for furloughing staff during the pandemic, or for trying to trademark ‘Liverpool.’

When it came to something hurting his own pockets, though, Henry was straight in there to offer an ‘apology’:

No apology for Project Big Picture. Or for furloughing staff. Or for trying to trademark ‘Liverpool.’

Don’t believe a word this man says, Liverpool fans. https://t.co/6mAmSAm4ZM

— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) April 21, 2021

Henry also seemingly tried to argue that signing up to join a ‘closed shop’ league that tarnished his club’s history and traditions was in the best interests of the fans.

In which Henry apologises – but also seems to argue that signing up to join a closed shop league that trashed his club’s history and traditions was in the best interests of the fans. https://t.co/gx8LmjSrIC

— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) April 21, 2021

And on a less serious note, Henry continually referred to Liverpool as ‘LFC’ throughout the video.

Boston Red Sox player wears Liverpool shirt

John W Henry is of course also the owner of the American baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.

And following their game last night player Xander Bogaerts would wear a Liverpool shirt for his post-game interview.

The player, though, did claim his attire was a ‘total’ coincidence:

Come for Xander Bogaerts talking into a muted mic, stay for Jonny Miller’s laugh and Xander’s reaction to said laugh. pic.twitter.com/2ZXBIH0ItD

— Brendan Campbell (@brendan_camp) April 21, 2021

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