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Spirit of Shankly hold 'positive' talks with Liverpool chief Hogan; ask for board rep

The Spirit of Shankly has held 'positive' talks with Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan.

Four members of the Liverpool supporters' union were invited to attend a meeting with Hogan and other officials on Tuesday.

The meeting was organised after Liverpool's involvement in the failed European Super League proposal.

SOS made the following four requests to Liverpool during the meeting:

  • "Two SOS representatives at LFC board level in relation to issues that impact fans and the Anfield community as a whole. This would involve a reconstitution of the LFC board that includes effective, elected and accountable fan representation, and not for members of the current LFC board to be that elected representative. This cannot be token representation, but one that has the 'golden share' or veto on the decision-making process. We believe this is desirable, practical and achievable both in the short and long term.
  • "A formal agreement between LFC and Athletic Grounds Ltd and SOS in order to improve collaboration and supporter engagement and involvement, and to ensure this is sustainable for the future.
  • "FSG and LFC collaborate with SOS to lead the reform agenda ahead of/in conjunction with the national fan-led review.
  • "We also asked for a commitment from FSG that any costs incurred in relation to the creation of and withdrawal from the European Super League will be funded solely by the owners and not by the club. We note that the Kroenke family have already made this commitment to Arsenal FC fans."

In a statement, SOS added: "These motions were acknowledged and received by LFC. They have taken these away for discussion and will respond formally to SOS with a further local meeting expected in the coming days.

"This initial consultation was positive, and both parties agreed there is a need for a new structure leading to meaningful and lasting supporter engagement."

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