Liverpool news: Kieran Maguire 'baffled' as controversial £175m plan emerges
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is right to be incredulous at Todd Boehly’s suggestion that the Premier League stage an all-star game.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the new Chelsea owner’s controversial comments.
As quoted by Sky Sports on Wednesday (14 September), the American billionaire claimed that a “North versus South” all-star game could boost the Premier League’s coffers.
Boehly, like Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group, is a familiar face in Major League Baseball through his co-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He claims that the league’s annual all-star game has helped raise £175million in funds this year alone.
Reds boss Klopp said in reaction to Boehly’s proposal: “When he finds a date for that he can call me.”
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Maguire claimed that he was “baffled” by Boehly’s suggestions and hs refusal to rule out a revival of another US-style venture, the European Super League.
“It shows that he sees football not as a sport but as a means of entertainment,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Clearlake Capital are looking for a return on their investment and these ideas are indicative of that.
“The suggestions for some form of play-off in terms of relegation are equally interesting, in my view.
“Also, he didn’t rule out the Super League proposals. In fact, he says he doesn’t say a hard ‘no’ to anything, which I personally find a little bit baffling.“