John W Henry has apologised to Liverpool fans, Jurgen Klopp and the players after admitting he “let you down” with the “disruption caused” by his bid to have the club competing in the European Super League.
The Reds owner claimed the move was “never going to stand without the support of the fans” before insisting his “work isn’t done”.
Here’s the statement in full…
“I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool football club for the disruption I caused over the last 48 hours.
“It goes without saying, but should be said, that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans.
“No-one ever thought differently in England. Over the last 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.
“And I want to apologise to Jurgen [Klopp], to Billy [Hogan], to the players and everyone that worked so hard at LFC to make our fans proud. They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption.
“They were the most disrupted and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love your club and work to make you proud every single day. I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward.
“More than a decade ago when we signed up for the challenges of football we dreamed of what you dreamed of and we’ve worked hard to improve your club. Our work isn’t done and I hope that you understand that even when we make mistakes we’re trying to work in your club’s best interest.
John W Henry’s message to Liverpool supporters. pic.twitter.com/pHW3RbOcKu
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 21, 2021
“In this endeavour I’ve let you down. Again, I’m sorry and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity brought forward over the last couple of days.
“It’s something I won’t forget and shows the power the fans have today and will rightly continue to have.
“If there’s one thing this horrible pandemic has really shown it’s how crucial fans are to our sport and to every sport. It’s shown in every empty stadium.
“It’s been an incredibly tough year for all of us – virtually no-one unaffected. It’s important that the Liverpool football family remain in tact, vital and committed to what we’ve seen from you globally with local gestures of kindness and support.
“I can promise you that I will do whatever I can to further that. Thanks for listening.”