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European Super League: Shankly statue should be removed if Liverpool join ESL, legend’s family say | UK News

The family of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly have said they will ask for his statue at Anfield to be demolished if the club decide to join the European Super League project.

Shankly’s grandson Chris Carline, who runs a hotel in the city that bears the famous name, is an Anfield season ticket holder.

He told Sky News he was disgusted with the ESL proposal for a “closed store” where clubs cannot be relegated or promoted.

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Bill Shankly's statue outside Anfield in 2016 in front of a photo of current manager Jurgen Klopp
The statue seen in 2016 in front of a photo of current manager, Jurgen Klopp

Between 1959 and 1974, his grandfather laid the groundwork for Liverpool’s most successful era and created a winning culture unique to Anfield.

Shankly spoke about the importance of playing for the townspeople – Super League representatives described the home fans as “legacy fans”.

“It goes against everything my grandfather stood for,” Mr Carline told Sky News.

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

Mr Carline added: “I don’t regret that FSG (the owners of LFC, Fenway Sports Group) are making money – they’ve worked hard and made this club a huge success, but it’s just a step away. another level of greed. “

The Bill Shankly statue can be found in one of Anfield’s most prominent locations, behind the famous Kop booth – on match days normally, thousands of fans have their photos taken next door.

Mr Carline added: “It’s not the (current) manager or the players who are to blame for this, it’s the owners and we all have to fight this decision.”

The family say they plan to talk to the club about the statue’s future soon.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-20 15:21:00