DOHA, QATAR - Wednesday, December 18, 2019: Liverpool's substitute Said Mané during the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Semi-Final match between CF Monterrey and Liverpool FC at the Khalifa Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool tied to another controversial plan in FIFA-backed ‘European Premier League’

Liverpool have once again been tied to a bid to transform European football, this time as part of a new FIFA-backed tournament.

The Reds were a major force in Project Big Picture which came to light earlier in October before the proposal was thrown out by Premier League clubs, and are now again reported to be one of the numerous clubs in talks over a ‘European Premier League’.

Clubs from England, France, Germany Italy and Spain are in discussions over becoming founding members of the tournament which is said to have the endorsement and support of FIFA, according to Sky Sports.

Widely accepted as a proposal for a European super league, it remains unclear whether it has the backing of UEFA – leaving the future of the longstanding Champions League in danger if it does not.

Although, it is important to note that the current format of the Champions League is locked in until 2024.

Provisional dates as early as 2022 have been touted for the league, however, which would forever alter the European footballing scene. It is set to be comprised of up to 18 clubs who play alongside their regular league games.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 22, 2015: Liverpool's owner John W. Henry and Director Michael Gordon before the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against Rubin Kazan at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The competition would be a round-robin format, likely to fall in mid-week before a knockout stage followed – adding more fixtures to an already relentless schedule for players across Europe.

The lucrative nature of the tournament will no doubt appeal to clubs and their owners, with prize money reported to be worth “hundreds of millions of pounds each year,” where American bank JP Morgan are said to have held discussions over providing a debt package worth up to $6 billion (£4.6 billion) to fund the launch.

A formal announcement for the proposal could come as early as the end of the month, but the plans will no doubt receive significant resistance as wealthy clubs will become wealthier, significantly jeopardising the competitive balance within European leagues.

While the prospect of facing Europe’s top clubs week in and week out will excite fans of clubs involved, many voiced their disdain of the plans:

It is not a plan without its complexities and its one with a lot of moving parts, which you can read more from Sky Sports here, but it’s something certainly worth keeping an eye on as those at the top have been anything but quiet in their attempts to transform football as we know it.