Liverpool is set to create a new supporters board before the start of the 2021-22 season to give fans a voice in decision-making processes, the Premier League club announced in a statement.
The six Premier League clubs that joined the dissident competition European Super League Without consulting the fans, it generated harsh criticism and the collapse of the league when the clubs withdrew. The decision to create a board of support appears that the club is trying to amend it.
The Official Liverpool Supporters Trust will be responsible for leading the Board of Supporters and will be in contact with its affiliated groups and the broader fan base to ensure that such representation is achieved. The Fan Board will hold regular meetings with the club and the president will be invited to attend the LFC main board meetings when strategic fan-related issues arise.
Billy Hogan, Liverpool FC Chief Executive Officer, said: “First of all I would like to thank all the fans that we have met in person from the Liverpool Supporters Trust or received feedback over the last few weeks. This input has been invaluable and has helped us reach a point where we have been able to agree on the principles that will lead to the creation of a new Board of Supporters.
Joe Blott, Spirit of Shankly Chairman, Liverpool Supporters Trust, said: “Spirit of Shankly met with representatives of the Liverpool FC board on Tuesday 18 May 2021 to continue discussions on the four union requests. After discussions over the past few weeks, we believe this is a unique deal and we highly recommend accepting it. We see this as an opportunity to help shape the future of our club and put ourselves at the forefront of changing football in general.
Earlier this month, North London club Tottenham Hotspur announced that it will also have fan representation on the board. Liverpool has made it very clear that the existing fan forums will remain in place, but will focus on areas such as ticketing, the match day experience and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I).
More clubs could join these two clubs as fans are demanding the 50 + 1 model used by clubs in Germany. Manchester United fans protested their owners with banners and chants at their recent game against Fulham.