Liverpool’s reception on Monday in the Premier League allowed Leeds players and fans to show their hostility towards the Super League, with plenty of t-shirts and banners.
If it had been held two days earlier, this Leeds-Liverpool would probably have had a most peaceful pre-game. But the announcement on Sunday evening of the creation of the Super League, with the Reds among the twelve founding clubs, changed the situation and gave a whole new flavor to the meeting.
Liverpool bus booed by crowds
Rejected against the project, Leeds supporters were the first to ignite the powder, literally, by burning a Liverpool shirt on the outskirts of Elland Road and by reserving a noisy welcome to the visitors’ bus. Among the songs chanted by Peacocks lovers: insults to the Super League and the “six greedy bastards”, in reference to the six Premier League clubs that initiated the project.
Inside the stadium, these same fans had displayed banners in the stands, on which could be read: “Deserve it on the pitch, football is for the fans”. More spectacularly, a plane had flown over the sky, dragging the following message: “Say no to the Super League.” On the field, the Leeds players have also made their contribution by putting on a t-shirt flocked with the same message as the banners, and accompanied by a logo of the Champions League.
On the Liverpool side too, the Super League creation project is going badly. In front of Anfield, even in the absence of a match, supporters came to hang banners, on which one could guess their opposition: “Liverpool fans against a European Super League” or “Shame on you. Rest in peace Liverpool Football Club , 1892-2021. “
Before the match, Jurgen Klopp, the current coach of the team, spoke directly to say that his opinion had “not changed” on the subject, two years after expressing his reluctance to such a league could see the light of day. “People are not happy, and I can understand that. We are not involved in any process, neither the players nor me,” assured the German.