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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has arranged a meeting of Premier League captains, as cracks appear to be emerging in the plans for six Premier League clubs to join a breakaway Super League.

Reports suggest Liverpool's owners are "shocked" by the savage backlash against their decision to join the breakaway league that is also set to include Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Now Henderson has stepped in to lead a meeting of Premier League captains, with an increasing number of players joining the chorus of anger against the breakaway league.

The Daily Mail are reporting Manchester United captain Harry Maguire confronted the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to vent his annoyance over the Super League fans, with players and managers no consulted before the plan was announced on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's owners are reported to be reeling from the reaction to the breakaway plan and have cancelled a proposed meeting of all the club's staff to explain the Super League decision while they consider their next move.

Now Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has become the latest high profile manager to question the plan, as he argued a close shop league featuring the same teams every year would kill the competitive nature of sport.

“It is not a sport where the relation between effort and success does not exist,” Guardiola said.

“It is not a sport where success is already guaranteed. It is not a sport where it doesn’t matter when you lose.”

And Guardiola called on those behind the plans – including his own bosses – to offer more information.

“They have the obligation, the duty as soon as possible, today better than tomorrow, to come out all around the world and clarify the situation that is to come, and the benefits and why they took the decision,” he added

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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has also posted a message suggesting the fans are being left behind in the Super League plan.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers, whose Leicester side are on course to qualify for the Champions League next season, said in his own press conference that the plans were a demonstration of business overtaking sport.

“There has been a line drawn in the sand with all of this,” he said. “It has moved across from what looks very much like a purely business proposal.

“All the merits of teams and rewards in sport, it looks like from the outside that isn’t really taken into the ideas going forward.”

With players, managers and high profile pundits joining fans in lambasting the Super League plan, it remains to be seen whether a solution to this issue can be found that could bring the clubs back into the fold having made such a bold move to break away.

The next move could come from UEFA, who are threatening to throw Super League founding members out of their European competitions this season, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City all in danger of being thrown out of this season's Champions League ahead of next week's semi-finals.

That move could shift the mood at some of the Super League clubs, with a decision from UEFA expected by Friday.

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