The game was largely overshadowed by protests over the breakaway plans that were controversially announced on Sunday. The Reds took the lead after Sadio Mane latched onto a first-time pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold. Leeds came back strongly in the second half. And their dominance resulted in a late equalizer from centre-back Diego Llorente.
The draw meant that Liverpool missed the chance to go above Chelsea and West Ham United and climb to fourth-place. But the significance of a top-four finish is still unclear if the Super League goes through.
Liverpool are one of the 12 clubs to have signed up for the plans to introduce a new European competition. Other clubs include the big-six of the Premier League, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter Milan.
Milner on Super League
The decision to form a league European league by the ‘top clubs’ has not gone well with the fans. Even certain players have reacted to the decision. And after the game against Leeds United, Liverpool’s vice-captain James Milner voiced his opinion on the situation.
The former Leeds player said that he is not a fan of the Super League and does not want it to replace the Champions League and the domestic leagues. Speaking to Sky Sports, Milner said:
“I can only say my personal opinion. I don’t like it and hopefully it doesn’t happen. It’s been difficult for us trying to prepare for a game. I can only imagine what’s been said about about it and probably agree with most if it.
The players have no say. The welcome to the ground felt a bit unjust. We’re here to play football and have no control over it.”
Klopp critical of Super League
Similar to Milner, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has doubts over the Super League project. Klopp was only informed of Liverpool’s owners FSG’s plans to join the Super League. And the German coach rubbished talks of him resigning if Liverpool joins the proposed league. Speaking after Liverpool’s game, he said:
“I am here as a football coach and manager and I will do that as long as people let me do that. I heard today that I will resign. That makes me more sticky that I will stay. I feel responsible. for the team, I feel responsible for the club and the relationship we have with our fans. It is a very tough time but I will try to help to sort it somehow.”
Leeds fans protested against the Super outside Elland Road prior to the game. The players also wore t-shirts in the warm-up, stating “Football is for the fans. Earn it”, directing towards Liverpool. Klopp also said about that:
“The team has nothing to do with it and I have not really anything to do with it. But people treat us like we do. Leeds supporters came here today before the game and were shouting at us.”