Former Manchester United star Gary Neville claims Liverpool fans are reluctant to complain about the club’s owners due to their current success under Jurgen Klopp. Now in his seventh season at Anfield, Klopp could be set to enjoy his best campaign yet as the Reds head for an unprecedented treble.
Football ownership was thrown into the spotlight when Chelsea’s billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich was slapped with UK government sanctions earlier this month that nearly crippled the club financially. A brutal takeover process is now well underway, but the sequence of events has prompted many to look at their own club owners through a more critical lens.
Liverpool is owned by US-based Fenway Sports Group (FSG), which also has stakes in baseball and ice hockey. Although they have stayed away from intense scrutiny, Mohamed Salah’s wage stalemate and a fundamental lack of spending compared to their competitors in recent years have raised questions.
Neville claims the fans are only “silent” about the situation because of Klopp’s success, and the relationship could be strained if it comes to an end. “There is no doubt that our league is being abused and used,” he said on The Overlap.
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Klopp has already won a Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup and FIFA Club World Cup since taking over the Anfield seat in 2015. More could be in the works this season after their triumph at Wembley over Chelsea in February with the FA Cup, the league and European glory. still a lot on the table.
Due to the strength of the Reds’ midfield, Neville fears his former opponents could achieve an unprecedented four-fold this season, eclipsing United’s historic treble in 1999. Manchester City are sure to pose a stern test on the remaining three fronts .
It remains to be seen how Neville’s assessment is received by Liverpool fans, or even how those same fans’ attitude changes towards their owners once Klopp has caught on. The German’s current deal expires in 2024, and he was quick to answer questions about an extension.
“There’s no point in saying anything about it because it’s still so far away,” he told Bild last year, “How am I supposed to know what’s going to happen Most people don’t even know where they will be in two, three weeks.”