As a part of an alternative to the UEFA Champions League, Liverpool was among 12 European elite clubs that agreed on a new continental format named ‘Super League’.
However, the project collapsed in 72 hours as a heavy backlash from the football world forced the majority of the founding members to leave the proposed platform.
During the chaos, Leeds held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road while the Reds were targeted by both Leeds’ player and their fans for their participation in the platform. The Whites’ supporters gathered in large numbers outside the stadium to condemn the controversial plans while The Leeds squad also joined in the protests by donning warm-up shirts with the messages "football is for the fans" and "earn it".
The Reds’ captain insists the Whites were wrong to target Reds players after the unveiling of the Super League platform. He ToldNew York Times
: “The T-shirts, I felt, were disrespectful. The players hadn’t done anything. It wasn’t something we wanted.”
On his views about the Reds’ American owners, FSG, the 30-year-old said: “If you look at it, they’ve done a good job.
“They’ve grown the club. They’ve put money in. They’ve built a new training ground. They brought the manager in.”