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Tom Werner shows he was never on same page as Jurgen Klopp with 'crazy' Liverpool idea

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner speaks to someone as he makes his way out onto the pitch at Anfield
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If ever Liverpool fans needed a reminder that Tom Werner doesn't entirely get it, it came with his latest comments on the future of Premier League football. He wants not just a game in the United States, but has a 'crazy idea' to play multiple games in one day across cities around the world.

Werner told the Financial Times: "I’m determined one day to have a Premier League game be played in New York City. I even have the sort of crazy idea that there would be a day where we play one game in Tokyo, one game a few hours later in Los Angeles, one game a few hours later in Rio, one game a few hours later in Riyadh and make it sort of a day where football, where the Premier League, is celebrated."

After controversially backing European Super League plans before backtracking under intense backlash, it should come as no surprise that Werner's chief concern is the financial incentive. That's always been apparent, even if Werner and Fenway Sports Group (FSG) has brought huge benefits to Liverpool.

But when it comes to the essence of English football, and the challenges posed to its players, Werner clearly still has a lot to learn. There was much made of the relationship between outgoing manager Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool ownership group.

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Klopp has always been outspoken regarding his views on football. One thing he's never been afraid to champion is the need to take better care of players when it comes to the hectic schedule.

Werner's latest comments show little regard for the welfare of the Premier League's most prized asset - its players. While he has clearly wanted to explore more lucrative avenues for Liverpool to play around the world, it is abundantly clear that this opinion is at odds not just with principle owner John W Henry but also with iconic manager Klopp.

Klopp spoke out in September 2021 about the glaring issues with football's increasingly hectic schedule. He accused those in power of not caring, something Werner has done little to disprove with is comments.

"There is no other sport in the world with such a relentless calendar," Klopp said at the time. "No physical sport. There are more demanding sports like athletics and marathons but they don’t run 20 or 30 or 40 a year. We all know why it’s happening.

"Whatever people say that it’s about giving different countries opportunities, in the end it’s all about money, that’s how it is. That’s fine. But in the end, at one point somebody has to start understanding that without the players - the most important ingredients of this wonderful game - we cannot play it. Nobody is more important than the players.

"They don’t care, they just don’t care. It’s always one main interest, and all the rest is not interesting. There must be a point when all the confederations sit together and start thinking about the game and not only about their benefit."

Speaking around the controversial winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022, Klopp added: "Obviously the guys in the Premier League like the spectacle. We’ve said it now often enough, nobody really cares about the players in these moments, but it’s how it is."

Werner has proved once again that he is guilty of supporting what Klopp hates. While there was no ill-feeling between the parties when the German departed the club at the end of the season, there's no avoiding the fact that on some issues, Klopp and Werner were simply never on the same page.