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Liverpool and Man Utd slammed by Joe Cole for ‘power grab’ with Project Big Picture

Joe Cole has admitted to feeling angry towards both Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Premier League rivals, who are considered by many to be the biggest clubs in the country, had spearheaded plans to give the nine longest-serving sides in the division preferential votes in the future.

Project Big Picture would also reduce numbers in the top flight down to 18, and abandon the League Cup.

Cole, who played for Liverpool between 2010 and 2013, has been left bemused by the proposals, and suggested that those who put them forward had ‘underestimated what football means’.

Joe Cole has made his thoughts on Project Big Picture abundantly clear
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He told BT Sport: “My initial reaction was anger. You have to separate Liverpool and Manchester United, who they are. what they are to the fans, to the business behind them.

“Because the business behind them does what big businesses do, conserve their profit and make sure shareholders happy. They’ve seen an opportunity, football is in a bad place like the rest of society because of situation we’re going through.

“They’re trying to make a power grab so they can conserve their asset. This is a long term plan for them, opportunistic.

“What they’ve done wrong is underestimated what football means for the normal people.”

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd are at the centre of ‘Project Big Picture’
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Before adding: “Grimsby supporters, Leyton Orient supporters, Exeter, anyone with a dream of playing football… if you let big businesses or millionaires to take over then you’re taking the dream away for fans up and down the country to get into the Premier League.

“Or even Leicester, what happened four years ago, which was an amazing story. It’s made me angry. They’ve misjudged it.

“It’s the people’s…

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