Sky Sports pundit Carragher has launched an emotional call to arms to football fans, pundits, managers and players to help bring proposals for the controversial ESL to a grinding halt. English sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool announced on Sunday that they would be six of the 12 founding members of the breakaway tournament, that would replace their European commitments with UEFA, such as the Champions League. The proposed plans would see the 12 founding members joined by a three unnamed teams, and a further five invited clubs to compete in an annual competition alongside domestic leagues.
The 15 founding clubs would be guaranteed qualification every year, gaining access to astronomical economical advantages, and the plans have led to huge criticism throughout the game.
One of the leading critics has been Carragher, who insisted just one of the English league’s “Big Six” dropping out would cause the ESL to collapse.
Speaking after Liverpool duo James Milner and Jurgen Klopp came out against the idea, Carragher said: “We need the same response from everyone, we cannot afford this to die away, we need to ramp this up. We should take our hats off that they [Milner and Klopp] have been bold enough to say this.
“More and more clubs have to do this. As soon as one drops out, the rest will fall. I am so much more confident it can be stopped that I was at 2pm or 3pm, listening to Klopp and looking at social media.
“If one goes, the rest will fall like a pack of cards, I have a spring in my step. A lot of it was hingeing on Klopp’s interview, as soon as we saw it, it gives you confidence.”
Throughout his career, Carragher, who is known as one of most outspoken football presenters, has given plenty of his opinions on political and social issues.
In 2019, the Sky Sports pundit backed a second referendum on Brexit as he warned the UK risked facing “relegation” after leaving the EU.
Carragher said that the polls had shown “a lot of people had changed their minds” and insisted younger people deserved to have a say on their futures in a fresh vote.
He said: “I am used to looking back at things after the event. It’s what I do on match day.
“Look at the tactics, study the stats, analyse the big moments, and then give an opinion on television.
“I think that is what we should do with Brexit. Look back at what we have learnt since 2016 and be able to give an opinion on where we are now in 2019.
“Before we potentially relegate ourselves as a country. And given polls show a lot of people have changed their minds.
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“That the NHS will not get all the money it was promised.”
Despite Carragher’s hopes, Britain did not hold a second referendum on its withdrawal from the EU.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the 2019 general election by a landslide and took the country out of the bloc on January 31, 2020.
Britain and the EU reached a post-Brexit trade deal in December last year – after almost nine months of fraught negotiations.
Announced on Christmas Eve, Mr Johnson described it as a “jumbo Canada-style” deal and declared: “All our red lines about returning sovereignty have been achieved.
“Everything that the British public were promised during the 2016 referendum and in the general election last year is delivered by this deal.”