Leeds stars take stance against Super League, as Klopp explains why Liverpool opted not to wear ‘Earn it’ shirts left in Elland Road dressing room
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A host of interesting developments surrounding the anti-Super League protests have been forthcoming at Elland Road this evening.
ESL casts shadow
Monday’s solitary Premier League fixture is of course set to play out shortly.
The clash sees Leeds United welcome Liverpool to West Yorkshire, for a highly anticipated clash.
Unfortunately, despite the potentially explosive 90 minutes in store, though, the pre-match chatter has in fact not centered on the upcoming action on the pitch itself.
Instead, it has surrounded the widely criticised plans for a new ‘European Super League’.
The proposition was of course unveiled for the first time on Sunday night, detailing plans for a host of the continent’s top clubs to break away, to form their own elite competition.
European Super League confirmed as 12 clubs announce new breakaway competition https://t.co/SSPDUbX7oK
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) April 19, 2021
Fans, pundits and footballing institutions alike, in turn, have all swiftly made their disgust with the proposal clear, with UEFA, for a start, having threatened to oust all of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City from this season’s Champions League:
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) April 19, 2021
The protests, though, have not ended there.
Amid chaotic scenes at Elland Road this evening, a large group of Leeds supporters made their way to the club’s ground, to take aim at upcoming opponents Liverpool:
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) April 19, 2021
And, as outlined above, the messages against the Super League’s founding clubs have since spilled onto the pitch ahead of kick-off on Monday.
This comes with Leeds’ stars having opted to don special warm-up t-shirts, featuring the slogans ‘earn it’ and ‘football is for the fans’:
Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier wearing a t-shirt in protest against the ‘European Super League’ 👕 pic.twitter.com/d7HvYRo5TK
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 19, 2021
As revealed by Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, the same shirts were also left in the away dressing room at Elland Road.
Liverpool’s stars, backed by their manager, though, opted against donning them, with Klopp having gone on to suggest that the Reds’ players have been unfairly targeted for blame today, on the back of a decision over which they had no control:
Klopp complaining that Leeds put T-shirts saying ‘Earn It’ in the away dressing room. Needless to say, his players aren’t going to wear them. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 19, 2021