'I hope it doesn't happen' - James Milner unimpressed at Liverpool's European Super League plans after Leeds United return

Liverpool utility man James Milner has said he hopes the European Super League doesn't happen.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 11:34 pm
Liverpool utility man James Milner in action against Leeds United. Pic: Simon Hulme

The former Leeds United academy product returned to Elland Road for the first time on Monday night since his departure from West Yorkshire in 2004.

Marcelo Bielsa's side earned a late 1-1 draw with the Reds as a Diego Llorente header cancelled out Saido Mane's opener.

Liverpool's trip to LS11 was dominated by the news that the perceived "top six" in the Premier League had agreed to create a breakaway European Super League along with other top clubs in Europe.

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Both sets of supporters came together to protest ahead of kick-off on Monday evening.

Leeds fans also organised a plane to fly a banner over the stadium saying "say no to the Super League" while the club themselves displayed a message inside the ground.

A banner in place in the Don Revie stand read: "Earn it. Football is for the fans."

United's players also wore t-shirts during the pre-match warm-up which had the same slogan on and left visiting boss Jurgen Klopp annoyed.

"I can only say my view, I don't like it and hopefully it doesn't happen," Milner reflected post-match on the European Super League plans.

"I can imagine what has been said about it and I probably agree with a lot of it.

"It [the current system] has worked well for a long time, what has made it special what we have done over the last few years is we have earned the right to win the Champions League and earned the right to win the Premier League.

"The product we have currently is very good.

"It is difficult. Coming into the game today Leeds fans were making their feelings shown. As players we don't really have a say so it feels a bit unjust. All we can do is try and win football matches."

Asked about the game itself with Leeds, he added: "You have to put in two good halves and we didn't do that. In the second half we looked tired, probably the Madrid game took a lot out of us.

"For us we are trying to coventrate on the game. There is a lot going on but we have to be professional. We heard first when it broke yesterday.

"Same as everyone there is a lot of questions. I can only say my view, I don't like it and hopefully it doesn't happen. I can imagine what has been said about it and I probably agree with a lot of it."