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Liverpool, Jordan Henderson social media post, Manchester City and Chelsea leave Super League, Bruno Fernandes, reaction

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The proposed Super League is crumbling before our very eyes and a host of players from the top six Premier League clubs have a clear message: “We don’t want it.”

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson had called an emergency meeting for all Premier League captains to discuss options following the breakaway league.

The English champions have teamed up with Premier League rivals Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal for the proposed 20-team competition.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan are the other founder members of the plan.

He then on Wednesday morning took to social media to post a defiant statement against the plan on behalf of all Liverpool players.

“We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen. This is our collective position. Our commitment is to this football club and its supporters is absolute and unconditional. You’ll Never Walk Alone,” it read.

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It comes after the family of Liverpool legend Bill Shankly told Sky News his statue should be removed if the Reds join the Super League.

Shankly had talked passionately about playing for the people of the city while building success at the club between 1959 and 1974.

“It flies in the face of everything my grandfather stood for,” Mr Carline told Sky News.

“You can’t have a statue that says ‘he made the people happy’ when this is the direct opposite of all that.”

Liverpool midfielder James Milner had also said on Monday he hopes a European Super League (ESL) does not happen despite his club being one of 12 teams to sign up to a breakaway.

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Speaking after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Leeds in the Premier League, Milner joined governments, governing bodies, fans and other players to criticise the proposals.

“There is a lot of questions. I can only say my personal opinion, I don’t like it and hopefully it doesn’t happen,” said Milner, who was Liverpool skipper for the fixture in the absence of the injured Henderson.

Meanwhile, Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes shared a post from Wolves forward Daniel Podence which criticised the breakaway league.

Podence’s post read: “The ball. The song. The dream. The Zidane’s volley… Kaka’s solo… Liverpool in Athens… Ole in Barcelona… Cris and Seedorf… There some (sic) things we just can’t really pay for.”

In response to the post, Fernandes replied: “Enorme (enormous).”

He later also shared a post on his Instagram story with the caption: “Dreams can’t be [bought],” accompanied by clapping emojis.

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling simply tweeted: “Ok bye” with a waving emoji.

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Transfer news, rumours, Manchester United, Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Donny van de Beek, Jose Mourinho

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Former Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho could offer an escape route for Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek, per reports.

Mourinho agreed a three-year contract with Roma on Wednesday and will replace their current boss Paulo Fonseca at the end of this season.

The 58-year-old was ranked among the world’s top managers after winning the Champions League at Porto and Inter Milan, while enjoying domestic glory with Chelsea and Real Madrid.

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Mourinho hopes a return to Italy can revive his career in the same way he rejuvenated Inter Milan from 2008 to 2010.

It is not just his career though that could be reinvigorated by the move, with reports suggesting Mourinho is looking to offer van de Beek a lifeline.

Van de Beek has struggled for game time in his first season in England after making the switch from Ajax to Manchester United for £40 million ($A71m).

Calciomercato reports Mourinho will look to convince Van de Beek to make the move with his future at United unclear, stuck behind other first-team regulars.

The Sun though reports that United are adamant Van de Beek will stay put and will push back against approaches from rivals, instead insisting his time will come.

UNITED’S $143M TOP TARGET

Speaking of Manchester United, the Red Devils are reportedly preparing an £80 million ($A143m) bid for Jadon Sancho.

It comes after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was understood to have made the Borussia Dortmund star his top target for the summer.

United were heavily linked to Sancho last summer but could not strike a deal after failing to meet Dortmund’s £100m valuation.

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The Daily Star though reports that United are “eyeing a big-money swoop” for Sancho as a bid for Erling Haaland would just cost too much.

Sancho told ESPN on Saturday he was not sure what his future looked like amid the interest.

“I don’t know about my future,” he said after a 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig.

“I am very happy here in Dortmund at the moment. I love the club, the fans and the team.

“They gave me my first professional start. The fans motivate and push me to the limit.”

United are reported to be in the race for Haaland alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea, per Sky Sports.

Dortmund though will not sell him for less than £150m ($A267m) even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

A source toldSky Sportsthere will be a war if Dortmund finish outside the Champions League places.

NEYMAR EXTENDS WITH PSG

Elsewhere, speculation over Neymar’s future is over after he signed a contract extension that will see him stay at Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the 2024-2025 season.

The Brazil attacker said he had “grown as a person, as a human being” since joining the club in 2017 from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($270 million) in what remains the most expensive transfer in history.

“I’m really pleased to continue my adventure at Paris Saint-Germain,” the 29-year-old said in a club statement after extending his contract until June 30, 2025.

“I’m very happy in Paris, and proud to be part of this squad, to work with these players, a great coach and to be part of the history of this club.

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“I have grown as a person here, as a human being and as a player, too. So I am very happy to extend my contract and I hope to win many more trophies here.”

Neymar has claimed three Ligue 1 titles and two French Cups with PSG, but the major honour that he was bought by the Qatari-owned club to win, the Champions League, continues to prove elusive.

He helped PSG to reach last season’s final where they were beaten by Bayern Munich but the club’s chances of reaching the final again were ended by Manchester City on Tuesday — and Neymar was ineffectual in the 2-0 semi-final second-leg defeat in England.

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Ryan Mason fumed at VAR after Tottenham were beaten 3-1 by Leeds, dashing their top-four hopes.

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Jurgen Klopp makes honest Man Utd admission as Liverpool boss sets Champions League task

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits the Reds must win four from four to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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