Liverpool could have slight title hope thanks to Champions League change and Spurs’ new reality –

Liverpool could have slight title hope thanks to Champions League change and Spurs’ new reality –

Although this will not have softened the blow to Liverpool fans wishing to send Jürgen Klopp rides off into the sunset with a Europa League triumph to savor, it will not have gone unnoticed that the Reds were not the only English team to collapse outside Europe this week.

Manchester City lost to Real Madrid on penalties and Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich. Manchester United and Newcastle both exited the Champions League at the group stage and Bayer Leverkusen beat West Ham United. In fact, only Aston Villa progressed as Unai Emery’s side edged out Ligue 1 side Lille.

Why is this important for Liverpool? Well, it’s very simple. Part of the frustration for Klopp’s men missing out on the Champions League by finishing fifth last year was that a year later it might have been enough to advance to UEFA’s biggest competition due to the format expanded.

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However, this has since changed. Atalanta’s victory over Liverpool helped seal an additional Champions League place for next season’s Serie A and it is now up to England or Germany to fight for the other. Right now, it looks like the Bundesliga is going to win.

If Aston Villa were to win the Conference League and all three German teams With Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen expected to be eliminated in their semi-finals, fifth place would go to the Premier League. In any other scenario, however, it appears that the English team’s poor performances in Europe this season will prove costly.

Clearly, Liverpool should be able to make the top three this season, at the very least. Heading into the weekend of action, the Reds were eight points clear of Aston Villa having played a game less. Spurs are 11 points behind having also played 32 times.


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