In his pre-Aston Villa press conference on Friday morning, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for owners FSG.
It has been a fascinating week in the history of Liverpool Football Club, with FSG’s proposed ticket prices for the 2016/17 season leading to a mass walk-out in the 77th minute at Anfield last weekend.
The owners then reversed their decision on Wednesday evening, in what was widely seen as an unprecedented moment in English football, with proof of fan power really coming to the fore.
Klopp was glowing in his praise of Liverpool’s much-maligned American owners on Friday, however, saying he believes they have the club’s best interests at heart.
“In the world of football it’s not too easy to be an owner. I’ve been here four and a half months and I know these owners care,” he said.
“They care about the supporters, and the reaction was a clear sign. This shows their interest in everything around the club. It’s good.
“Hopefully it’s understood as proof of their real interest in this club. I’m really fine with it, it’s a good thing.”
FSG have struggled to be universally popular with Reds supporters since their takeover of the club back in October 2010, with some even comparing them to Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
This U-turn is a decision that deserves to be respected, however, and given the ruthlessness of business in football these days, it was refreshing to see.