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Jurgen Klopp hopes landmark court ruling gives UEFA a “bit of a shake”

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Thursday’s landmark court ruling in Europe will have given UEFA a “shake” and prevent it from adding more matches to the calendar without any challenge.

The European Court of Justice said UEFA rules which blocked the formation of the European Super League in 2021 were contrary to EU law.

That led backers of the Super League to declare victory and immediately unveil plans for new men’s and women’s competitions.

While Klopp agreed with the Reds’ statement saying their interest in the Super League had been discontinued, he was more interested in the court ruling highlighting that bodies like UEFA and FIFA must not govern in self-interest, and must have a framework of transparent, objective, non-discriminatory and proportionate rules.

“I like that we get a little bit of understanding that people in UEFA and other FAs cannot just do what they want – putting in competitions with more games and no one has a real say in it,” he said on Friday.

“I like that they get a bit of a shake – ‘OK, you cannot exactly do what you want’.”

From next season the Champions League will feature eight games instead of six in a new 36-team league phase, plus the prospect of a two-leg play-off for 16 of those sides vying for the final eight berths in the first knockout round.

UEFA would argue that the new format was extensively consulted on with the European Club Association – of which Liverpool are a member – plus the leagues, national football associations and players’ unions.