It’s all about money – nothing more, nothing less.
“Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters too?”
Jurgen Klopp’s immediate response to Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly, suggesting that the Premier League should play a star game every year, spoke volumes.
The Liverpool boss was clearly taken aback by the idea, as I think the vast majority of his colleagues would be.
“Did he really say that?” Klopp continued. ‘He didn’t wait long! Maybe he can find a date for it.
“It’s very different in America. He forgets in US Sport that they have a four-month break.”
Boehly’s suggestion, which came while speaking at the Salt Conference in New York, was that an all-star game could be used to redistribute money during the football season.
“Why isn’t there an all-star game? He wondered. “With the all-star game in LA this year, we made $200 million on Monday and Tuesday.
“You could have a North-to-South all-star game for the Premier League and very easily fund everything the pyramid needs.
“I hope the Premier League learns a little bit from American sport and really gets to the bottom of it.”
So there you have it.
The man who just spent £250m on transfers in one summer and then fired his manager about a week later is hoping the rest of the Premier League will find out.
Todd clearly knows best.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are a number of reasons why an all-star game could be fun.
First, it would be a soccer game involving some of the world’s best players.
So obviously there would be a great global appeal and I’m sure it would generate a lot of revenue, as Boehly liked to point out.
But that’s really where the potential pluses end.
Let’s face it, this is not about dripping money into the football pyramid in this country. This is about putting more money into Chelsea’s pockets.
That’s what this, the European Super League, or any new idea from one of the big six ever is about.
If they really put in the effort to help lower league clubs, they could already be doing that, pushing them to change the way the huge sums of revenue they now earn are distributed.
But they don’t. Because they just want more, that’s what they always want. Every new idea is about getting richer.
The NFL and NBA all-star games in America are a great spectacle, but there are so many reasons why it just doesn’t work here.
Klopp’s stunned reaction was spot on. When the hell would it be played? During an already crowded season? No chance.
During the summer, when the big clubs squeeze every second of their free time to make more money from commercially driven pre-season tours?
It’s just not going to happen.
And clubs will be happy to simply release their players for a glorified friendly, at the risk of an injury that could rule them out for months.
There are also major cultural differences.
Fans here really won’t believe in the whole thing. It’s just too tribal.
Are fans of Manchester United going to watch a team packed with Liverpool and Manchester City players? Will it even bother them a little?
Would Arsenal fans be interested in watching a team called ‘The PL Southern Stars’ which has a frontline of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
A big glitzy all-star weekend might work in the United States, but in general it would be treated with complete apathy here.
The vast majority of fans in England don’t want razzmatazz, they just want football – as they always have.
Look at the Champions League final in Paris earlier this year and UEFA’s determination to make it more like the Super Bowl with a Hollywood-style ‘pre-show’.
Pop star Camila Cabello came by expecting to be treated like the star she is, but was booed out of the building by Liverpool fans when she tried to score some of her hits at the Stade de France.
“I can’t believe people sang their team’s national anthem so loudly during our performance,” she moaned afterwards, in a tweet that was quickly deleted.
And while it may have been a little unfair to Camila, it was just an annoying example of how fans, especially in England, don’t want things to be forced on them when it comes to football.
They just want to sing their songs and build an atmosphere, they don’t want one made for them. It really isn’t rocket science.
And so this all-star idea is doomed to fail.
Boehly or any other chairman or owner of the Big Six can dress it up and give it any twist they want.
But the fact is, it’s not about helping others or growing the game.
It’s about one thing, money. Nothing more nothing less.
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