Klopp takes aim at Newcastle takeover in Super League comparison
Klopp compares Newcastle takeover to Super League
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has taken aim at Newcastle United in the wake of their headline breaking takeover by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium.
The group of owners, namely Public Investment Fund (80%) but also RB (Reuben Brothers) Sports & Media (10%), and PCP Capital Partners (10%), have come under criticism from the Reds manager who has likened the Magpies change of ownership to the currently failed attempt to establish the European Super League over the summer.
Klopp stated “A few months ago we had a massive issue with 12 clubs trying to build a Super League… this is pretty much the same.” (quote thanks to SkySports)
The former Borussia Dortmund tactician continued;
“They are kind of creating a ‘Super Team’ if you want; guaranteed spot in the Champions League in a few years time, not immediately. Um, all these kind of things. How Financial Fair Play is used nowadays, nobody knows exactly. Is it still existing or not? Stuff like that. It is like it is.”
Do Klopp’s comments have merit?
Some will perhaps say that Jürgen Klopp is a pot calling the kettle black, given the financial strength of Liverpool as the seventh-richest club in Europe and third-wealthiest amongst Premier League entities.
But where Klopp perhaps has a chip on his shoulder is the manner in which Liverpool garnered their achievements; sustainably.
It was not without sacrifice for the Reds, who has to part ways with multiple big name players – including Luis Suárez and Philippe Coutinho – to fund reinforcements and upgrades to the first-team that eventually culminated in both a Premier League title and a Champions League win.
Newcastle, however, will have immediate access to hundreds of millions of pounds to throw into the transfer market as early as the January window in a complete re-shaping of the clubs financial muscle and overall strength overnight.
Sir John Hall levied choice words for Klopp and the traditional big six clubs, who were all involved in the attempted Super League coup without any care of the ramifications on what it would have on the footballing landscape both at home and abroad.
Sir John Hall exclusive: ‘How dare those six clubs criticise us when they were going to break away and form the Super League? They didn’t think of anybody but themselves. It’s ironic they are criticising us. I’ve got two words for them: ‘Get stuffed!’https://t.co/ylTFj4NiQz
— Martin Hardy (@mhardysport) October 14, 2021
The Magpies will not be scuppered by FFP, either. Given the relative healthy state that Mike Ashley left the club in, Newcastle will be able to spend north of £200million in January to course-correct as soon as possible.
The Premier League will now have a second club virtually backed by an entire nation, and the question remains if this trend will get only worse from here on out.