Liverpool owner John Henry has described La Liga matches as ‘meaningless’ and the competition throughout the division as ‘weak’.
The American was referencing the decisions of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to leave the Merseyside club to join Barcelona in recent times.
“It’s hard to understand why players would want to go to a league where the competition is so weak,” Henry told Associated Press, as cited by Diario Sport.
“They must play 30 or so meaningless matches per year waiting for Champions League matches.
“They (Suarez and Coutinho) will be watching this weekend and could have been playing.
“But (part owner) Mike Gordon, (sporting director) Michael Edwards and everyone in our scouting department have done a terrific job in making the best of those two difficult situations.
“You do not want to be in the position where players want to go somewhere else, even if it is a great club like Barcelona.”