Jurgen Klopp said he doesn’t feel disappointed with Liverpool’s owners about their decision to join the European Super League.
Klopp reiterated that he was against the runaway competition but said he was more determined to stay and “try to sort them out somehow”.
“I don’t think so, I don’t feel it,” said Klopp after his team’s 1-1 draw against Leeds on Monday evening.
“I’ve been in football for 20 years and owners have often made decisions without asking me.
“I’m used to dealing with them. That’s the way it is. I don’t want to be involved in things like that, I don’t understand, I’m a football person.
“But it’s not about letting me down. What I’m saying is that I’m here as a football coach and manager and I’ll do that as long as people let me do it, that’s the way it is.”
Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, have not yet reached out to fans of the club after an overwhelming majority of them were outraged by their decision to become founding members of the Super League.
“I’m sure it’s a very difficult time, but I’ll try to sort it out somehow.”
– Jürgen Klopp
Klopp had to ask questions after Leeds defender Diego Llorente’s late header canceled Sadio Mane’s first-half opener on Elland Road.
“It’s not a situation I’m going to resign or whatever,” said Klopp. “When times get tougher, it makes me stickier to stay here. It is like it is.
“I feel responsible for the team and the club and I feel responsible for the relationship we have with our fans.
“It’s a very difficult time, I’m sure, but I’ll try to sort it out somehow.”
When asked if he thought the Super League was a good idea, Klopp added: “I’ve said it a few times now, in 2019 I already said it, no, I don’t think it’s a great idea.”
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa said before and after the game that the Super League proposals would damage the game but are inevitable.
“Of course it harms football,” said the 65-year-old. “This shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of us.
“These strong teams believe that they have the greatest impact on generating income in football. To accommodate this logic, they take privileges in their own interest and forget about the rest when the rest of the teams are no longer needed for them.
“These great teams have made themselves great throughout history, but they did this with the rest of the teams, they did it with them.”
“There are structures (management bodies) that could or should set limits to the excesses of the large teams. What happened was inevitable. “
Bielsa felt that Leeds fully deserved their point against Liverpool after leading the game to champions in the second half.
“The game was beautiful,” he added. “It was more even in the first half, but we dominated the second half.
“We created chances and played in half. We found a lot of balls to attack with.
“But it is also true, while we were conducting the process, they remained under threat.”