John Gibbons hosts Patrick Delaney from Boston, Nabs Al Busaidi from Oman, Patrick Tighe from Atlanta and Neil Chheda from Mumbai to get the reaction of international Liverpool fans to the Super League situation…
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What a shitshow and thank God it’s over, but I’d be wary of trying to run FSG out of town. Between the brain farts, they’ve delivered. Is that because they’re public-minded altruists? Nope, it’s because they’re (usually) hard-nosed businessmen. They saw LFC being wrecked by Hicks and Gillette, they saw it was on its uppers and they got it for a steal. And yeah, they’ve blundered, more than once. But they’ve also delivered.
In an ideal world it’s 50+1 for all clubs and in that scenario we fly. But that seems unlikely and FFP was a complete flop. So having helped get us back on our perch (through ‘smart hires’ rather than pots of cash), you can see why the ESL held massive appeal. Its status was increased by us being on board but it also burnished our status. We were in on the ground floor. Now that’s it’s correctly been binned off, do they get the hump? If they feel unwanted, so they sling their hook? Ok, but who’s coming in? Is anyone? Are they better?
The whole system needs to be overhauled and the fear is that now ESL has gone for a shit things will just settle back into the same old rampantly unfair pattern. City and Chelsea have been financially doping for years and they still have pots of cash – ill gotten gains. Do we forget that now because they pulled out of ESL? We shouldn’t. City, Chelsea and PSG are a problem, just an old problem that still needs fixing. And that’s without going into the crappy new Uefa format for the champions league or the financial gaps between the premier league and the rest of the football pyramid, looking for crumbs from the table. English and European football’s fetishisation of money, of looking the other way, created that monster in the first place. We’ll be the ones complaining when city buy their 8th right back for €50m and we’re playing Jimmy Milner there in the next injury crisis.
JW Henry and co have really fucked this one but I’d still rather have owners who back Biden and own the Boston Globe than some shadowy sportswashing outfit. Henry mightn’t get football but he’s genuinely Misty-eyes about baseball and is normally a smart bloke. In fact, one of the gaffes in this fiasco was the horrible association with the Trump-funding Glazers. But look at Newcastle – one club city, big fanbase, for sale – and no one buying in.
Our lads might not be perfect, God knows, but despite this catastrophic blunder we might be worse off without them unless there’s an *actual* viable and preferable alternative. We shouldn’t forget, but maybe we have to forgive.