Norway coach (& Liverpool fan) Solbakken: Semi-criminal capitalists

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Norway coach Stale Solbakken admits he's disappointed by Liverpool's involvement in the Super League breakaway.

Solbakken is a self-confessed Reds fan.

He told VG: "Andrea Agnelli (Juventus president) has been one of the driving forces in recent years. In recent years, they have been knocked out by Lyon, Porto and Ajax in the Champions League. Why the hell should they be in such a tournament then? Tottenham and Arsenal are currently probably not among the 20-30 best teams in Europe.

"I do not think Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Jürgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola think this is a good idea. I refuse to believe that. The owners are the ones.

"I think it has been a battle between the big ones.

"Here are a few, I call them 'semi-criminal capitalists' who have bought football teams, and think they earn too little. This is typical of the United owners, for example. And then comes the American way of thinking, which is completely wrong. If you have invested in a team in, for example, American football, they must make sure that they do not drop out, because then they have lost money.

"It is not possible for money, money, money to control our way of thinking in the world, nor in football."