‘We’ve let you down… I am responsible’: Liverpool owner John W Henry APOLOGISES to their fans, Jurgen Klopp and players and says he WON’T walk away in the wake of the Super League fiasco
- Liverpool pulled out of the Super League last on Tuesday after a furious outcry
- After sitting quiet amid the fury, Liverpool owner John Henry finally fronted up
- Henry apologised and took full responsibility for the club’s involvement
Liverpool owner John Henry has issued a grovelling apology ‘for the disruption I caused’ due to the club’s involvement as a founder member of the now collapsed Super League.
In a video message, Henry said: ‘I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours.
‘It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No-one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.
John Henry has issued a grovelling apology for Liverpool’s Super League debacle
‘And I want to apologise to Jurgen, to Billy (Hogan, club chief executive), to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud. They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption. They were the most disrupted and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love your club and work to make you proud every single day.
‘I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward. More than a decade ago when we signed up for the challenges associated with football, we dreamed of what you dreamed of. And we’ve worked hard to improve your club. Our work isn’t done. And I hope you’ll understand that even when we make mistakes, we’re trying to work in your club’s best interests. In this endeavour I’ve let you down.
‘Again, I’m sorry, and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity brought forward over the past couple of days. It’s something I won’t forget. And shows the power the fans have today and will rightly continue to have.
‘If there’s one thing this horrible pandemic has clearly shown, it’s how crucial fans are to our sport and to every sport. It’s shown in every empty stadium. It’s been an incredibly tough year for all of us; virtually no-one unaffected.
‘It’s important that the Liverpool football family remains intact, vital and committed to what we’ve seen from you globally, with local gestures of kindness and support. I can promise you I will do whatever I can to further that.’
Liverpool boss Klopp was left to face the music on Monday evening around the club’s Premier League game against Leeds.
Klopp’s opposition to the Super League had been well known – he had spoken out against it in years gone by – yet he was left to speak for the club’s involvement.