Liverpool announced their withdrawal from the European Super League last night.
The Reds were one of the six Premier League clubs who signed up for the exclusive breakaway tournament on Sunday night but they have had to reverse their decision following major backlash from the fans, media and their sponsors.
Club owner John Henry has now released a video apologising to the fans, the team and Jurgen Klopp for the disruption he has caused over the past 48 hours.
He also revealed that the decision to sign up with the European Super League was a mistake and the decision became unsustainable as soon as the fans withdrew their backing.
Henry said: “I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I 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 you 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. They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption. They were the most disrupted and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love your club and work to make you proud every single day.
“I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward. More than a decade ago when we signed up for the challenges associated with football, we dreamed of what you dreamed of. And we’ve worked hard to improve your club. Our work isn’t done. And I hope you’ll understand that even when we make mistakes, we’re trying to work in your club’s best interests. In this endeavour I’ve let you down.
“Again, I’m sorry, and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity brought forward over the past couple of days. It’s something I won’t forget. And shows the power the fans have today and will rightly continue to have.
“If there’s one thing this horrible pandemic has clearly shown, it’s how crucial fans are to our sport and to every sport. It’s shown in every empty stadium. It’s been an incredibly tough year for all of us; virtually no one unaffected. It’s important that the Liverpool football family remains intact, vital and committed to what we’ve seen from you globally, with local gestures of kindness and support. I can promise you I will do whatever I can to further that.
“Thanks for listening.”
The decision to join up with the European Super League has caused irreparable damage and it will be interesting to see oh if it’s cheap compensate for the problems they have created over the past couple of days.
There have been rumours that the six Premier League clubs could be punished for their involvement in the European Super League and it will be interesting to see how the situation develops over the next couple of weeks.
Apparently the other Premier League clubs are keen on seeing them punished for their selfish decision.
FSG have been heavily critisised for some of their decisions over the years but they have been quick to acknowledge their mistakes and reverse their decisions.
However, none of their decisions have attracted this much criticism and it is hard to see how they can win over the fans and the media once again.