By Noel Whelan

19th Sep, 2022 | 8:00pm

Pundit expects Liverpool revolt as controversial new Champions League plans emerge

Noel Whelan has insisted he expects Liverpool and other English sides to revolt against plans to take Champions League fixtures outside of Europe.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the continent’s biggest clubs must “show a bit of appreciation for the supporters”.

As per The Athletic‘s David Ornstein (19 September), some executives in the European Club Association are keen on the idea of taking Champions League games outside of Europe.

The report claims the basis of the proposal is in order to make “meaningful games more accessible to the clubs’ global fanbases”.

Club executives are open to fixtures being held in major markets such as the US, China or the Middle East.

This new proposal comes almost 18 months after the controversial proposal of the European Super League – which was eventually scrapped after sending shockwaves around the football world.

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When asked if he expects Liverpool and other English sides to revolt against these plans, Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “Yes – it’s not a good idea.

“When you’re in the Champions League, you want to play at your home ground and have these exciting nights – at Anfield or wherever.

“It’s got to stay accessible for the fans.

“It’s just another way of making more money and creating more expense for the fans.

“Think about the fans who are paying the money – they’ve got to be consulted.

“Show a little bit of appreciation for the supporters. These Champions League nights can create special memories.”

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