Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool bosses – and Man Utd chiefs – over attempted coup to change the face of English football

JURGEN KLOPP has backed his bosses over their attempted coup to change the face of English football.

Liverpool’s manager came out firmly in favour of owner John W Henry and his Fenway Sports Group, plus unlikely allies Manchester United, in their plan to reform the game.

Project Big Picture caused a storm and was rejected by top-flight clubs this week.

But Klopp said: “If you want to understand the idea behind it, you listen. If not, you just knock it down.

“A lot of times in life there must be a crisis to start talking and I’m happy people are talking.

“What I can say is all the people involved are concerned about football.

“It was important we speak about this. There are things to improve in football and that is what these people tried.”

The plan – led by Henry and the Glazer family at United – involved an immediate £250million bailout for EFL clubs in return for the Premier League’s Big Six getting preferential voting rights.

Also top-flight sides would no longer play in the Carabao Cup and Community Shield, while it was proposed the Prem be cut from 20 teams to 18.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: “Hopefully, we go with the new ideas the Premier League has, they will point to quality and not quantity — if not we’ll rubbish this incredible sport.”

But Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was not keen on the Premier League being cut and Community Shield axed.

He said: “It’s not something I would necessarily agree with.”

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder rapped it as a ‘power grab’, while Spurs chief Jose Mourinho added: “Project is dead, rest in peace.”

The Premier League last night confirmed their £50m bailout offer to the EFL remains on the table, despite the clubs rejecting it on Thursday. 

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