Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has reportedly called a meeting with the 19 other Premier League captains to discuss the European Super League.
The Reds are one of 12 European clubs – of which six are in the Premier League – that have signed up to the breakaway competition.
The proposal involves the clubs forming their own competition to rival the UEFA Champions League, and it has been widely criticised by many pundits, clubs and fans.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham complete the English six-club contingent.
In terms of continental European clubs, the six Premier League clubs are set to be joined by AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.
And according to the Daily Mail, Henderson is set to lead the players’ response to the controversial plans.
The report has been welcomed by fans of numerous Premier League clubs, including those who have signed up to the ESL:
— Jamie Roch (@Jamie23roch) April 20, 2021
— Arsenal Long Island 🎈 (@Arsenal_LINY) April 20, 2021
My respect and admiration for this guy just shot up. The Henderson of Sunderland, an EPL winner, a UCL winner. Balls to call such a meeting in such a period. Go higher bro
— Kelvin Nketia (@KelvinArsenal91) April 20, 2021
Well done Henderson for taking the initiative
— 🔰RIP MUFC 1878-2021 (@andrewmufc1878) April 20, 2021
— WeWantOurFootballBack #NoToEuropeanSuperLeague (@StarboyMason26) April 20, 2021
The outcome doesn’t reflect on Henderson.The very fact that he asked such a thing is incredibly honourable and is more than 90% of the so called captains.Hendo is a model pro, a true leader an I respect him for that as an Arsenal fan. I hope he stays in the sport after retirement
— charlie.H (@thumbthrower) April 20, 2021
My respect for Henderson 💹
— #BoycottSuperLeague (@RDragron7) April 20, 2021
Henderson’s legacy as a leader figure will be mad when you think about it https://t.co/hsRfx54QLq
— Matt (@mat_mcfc) April 20, 2021
Jordan Henderson calls all 20 captains to come together big probs to that guy he’s a leader❤️
— HydraZz (@CFC_Hydra) April 20, 2021
So glad that people are finally speaking out about the ESL. And great news to hear that Jordan Henderson has called a meeting between all the captains in the prem ❤️ lot of respect for that 🙌🏼👏🏼
— Kαι 💎 (@CFC_Kaii) April 20, 2021
Go on Henderson! Do what’s right for football https://t.co/26rJqBFITP
— Joe (@JBlincoTHFC) April 20, 2021
Jordan Henderson is amazing for organising all the captains of the clubs to stop the super league. Also well done to the many other who are going against this disgusting greedy anti-football project.
If the players refuse it can’t go ahead.
— George Horrocks🔰🌹 (@george_h__) April 20, 2021
Jordan Henderson btw 👏👏👏👏
The lad is a star on and off the pitch
— LFCKoptalker 🏠 #NoToTheSuperLeague (@LFC_Koptalker) April 20, 2021
On Monday, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated that neither him nor the players had been consulted over the Super League plans.
James Milner, who captained the Reds against Leeds in Henderson’s absence, also expressed his worry about the plans, saying “I don’t like it and hopefully it doesn’t happen.”