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civil war Six words from Jurgen Klopp's press conference confirm he is up for Super League fight

Klopp says he "will try to sort it somehow" as he plans talks with Liverpool owners


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is opposed to the Super League.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is opposed to the Super League. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is opposed to the Super League. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given a big hint that he will speak to the club's owners and make efforts to try and halt their plans to join a breakaway Super League.

Klopp spoke with passion before and after his side's 1-1 draw with Leeds on Monday night, as he restated his opposition to a Super League in comments that appeared to contradict the stance of his paymasters.

He went further in his post match press conference, as he stated he will stay in his job and try to find a solution that is threatening to rip football apart.

"I'm here as a football coach and a manager, and I will do that long as people will let me do that," he told reporters.

"I heard today that I would resign or whatever. When the times get even tougher, that makes me more that I'll stay here.

"I feel responsible for the team, I feel responsible for the club and I feel responsible for the relationship with the supporters. That's why. It's a very a tough time, I'm sure, but I will try to sort it somehow."

Klopp has long stated his opposition to breakaway Super League proposals, but now it appears he is in the midst of a battle to ensure his job is not dramatically changed by the plans for a new competition.

He also issues a plea to rival fans not to blame his players for the Super League plan, after admitting he knew nothing about the breakaway until it was announced by the rebel clubs on Sunday night.

"I have six years at the club. I know our owners, they are reasonable people, serious people," said Klopp, who saw Sadio Mane's first-half opener at Elland Road cancelled out by Diego Llorente's late header.

"They care about us, but they never have to explain this type of decision like or ask permission or whatever.

"I speak a lot to them, but was not involved in the process, not at all.

"I got information yesterday. Nobody knows what will happen. I don't know anything about that. The team has nothing to do with it and I have, not really, anything to do with it, but people treat us like that.

"The Leeds supporters came here today, before the game they were shouting at us in the city this afternoon.

"We have nothing to do with this. We are employees of the club and I feel responsible for a lot of things at this club.

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"When I am involved in things and I take the criticism easily, but my boys – I don't think they have to take it as well. We are not involved in this. So it's a tough one at the moment.

"I am 53 years old and since I was a professional player the Champions League was there.

"My aim was always, as a player it was not possible, but as a manager my aim was always to coach a team there.

"I have no issues with the Champions League, I like the competitive factor of football.

"I like the fact that West Ham might play in the Champions League next year, I don't want them to because we want to do that, but I like that they have the chance."

The owners of the Super League clubs have declined all media requests to comment on the proposals, with Klopp likely to face a huge decision over his future at Liverpool if he is forced to take the club into a new Super League next season that he is opposed to.

The rebel six clubs also face the threat of expulsion from the Premier League and the all UEFA competitions if they press forward with their Super League plan.

Uefa executive committee member Jesper Moller says three of the remaining four Champions League semi-finalists will likely be thrown out of this season's competition at Friday’s extraordinary meeting, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid all set to be expelled from the tournament with immediate effect.

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