Liverpool join Super League: Bill Shankly’s grandson wants statue removed

  • Rob Swan
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Bill Shankly’s grandson says he’s “appalled and embarrassed” over Liverpool’s decision to join the European Super League.

Chris Carline, 39, now wants to see his grandfather’s famous statue removed from Anfield.

Shankly’s grandson, who runs the Shankly Foundation charity and is a director of the city centre Shankly Hotel, believes the Reds’ owners FSG have betrayed his legendary relative’s ethos and values.

Per The Liverpool Echo, Carline said: "I know my Grandad has been quoted more than ever right now, and rightly so, because what is going on couldn't be further removed from what he wanted for this football club.

"I'm appalled and embarrassed. When you talk about Liverpool Football Club and its history and its roots, you could reference seven, eight or nine of grandad's quotes which are all appropriate to the current situation - socialism, greed and the Holy Trinity - but I also think about one of the less well known comments. It's from his book, when he spoke about wanting to bring the football club closer to the fans and the fans closer to the football club. And he achieved that.

"It's not an understatement to say he would be spinning in his grave at the current situation because it couldn't be further removed from his ethos.

"Given the chance I'd happily see the statue removed.

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"What hurts most is that Liverpool has a history and a tradition, created by him, of doing things the right way and to be one of the six clubs pushing for this move is unacceptable."

Carline added: "The words he made the people happy are emblazoned on that statue and he did just that.

"He saw it as his mission to give the hard working fans some release at the end of a six day working week. He wanted to bring them joy as a reward for their hard work and he obviously achieved that.

"But this new competition goes against the grain of that ethos.

"I feel sorry for Jurgen Klopp, for the players because they have not been consulted about this and obviously the fans haven't been spoken to. The owners have met in secret and have come to this decision based on greed."

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Shankly’s disillusioned grandson believes the departure of former Liverpool CEO Peter Moore in August 2020 has allowed the club’s current owners to get away with signing up to the ESL.

"The loss of Peter Moore was a big disappointment," he explained. "He made decisions based on the best interests of the supporters and whenever he was involved in a decision he used the mantra 'What would Shanks have done?'

"This current CEO doesn't even live in Liverpool and doesn't visit the area. They don't care. They are happy to replace fans who have devoted their lives to the football club with new corporate fans who will happily fly in and out for occasional games.

"But no-one will take something away from me that I have followed my whole life. We are talking about a dynasty here. I am not going to walk away from the club and boycott matches. It's not the manager or the players who are to blame for this, it's the owners and we all have to fight this decision."

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Liverpool’s fans have made their feelings clear with banners outside Anfield this week.

Read more: European Super League: Everything you need to know about breakaway league.

Meanwhile, both Jurgen Klopp and James Milner said they were not in favour of the ESL following Monday night’s 1-1 draw away at Leeds United.

(Credit: The Football Terrace)

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