Ok, so UEFA show how spineless they are and Liverpool will play in the first qualifying round of the Champions League next season. Sorry, but I still don’t agree with this.
The key point of the deal are:
- Liverpool get the smallest share of England’s television money if they reach the group stages.
- But any other English teams involved – from Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton – will still get less money than they would have done were Liverpool not involved.
- Liverpool get no “country protection” preventing them meeting other English clubs. But they are seeded. This means they could face Everton in the third qualifying round, but not Manchester United, and could be in a group with Chelsea, but not Arsenal.
- In future, the title holders will be entered automatically.
I guess I shouldn’t be sad that Chelsea, Arsenal and Man U will get less money because of Liverpool inclusion…it’s not like the need the cash. I wonder if that last point will ever come into play again? My question is, does anyone know who got left out now that Liverpool are in?
Anyway, this is the end of it. Good luck to them. Should be interesting to see how they perform in some small former Soviet Republic in the middle of the summer. Will we hear complaints about the lack of summer break or too many early fixtures now?
I’m sure I’ll hear it from my Scouse mates now. 🙂
UPDATE: I only posted this an hour ago and already I found Scousers are moaning about the decision.
“Having to play these qualifying rounds is an insult to the name of Liverpool Football Club. “We should have told them to stick it, gone into the Uefa Cup, and gone for the Premier League title instead.”
Perhaps if you’d have gone after the Premier League title and managed to finish above Everton, you wouldn’t be in this situation.
Aside from not letting us in at all, could Uefa have given us anything less?
Yeah, they could have told you to enjoy a good run in the UEFA Cup.
“It could be a minus rather than a bonus. You could see Liverpool finishing half-way down the league next season just because of the extra physical pressure on the players.”
Yep, only a couple spots lower than you finished this season.
Of course, now we have another twist as well. It seems to Premier League is now insisting that Man City get Liverpool’s UEFA Cup spot.
When will it end? This is just getting silly now. Of course, none of this would have happened if UEFA or the English FA would have just stuck to the rules in the first place and said only the top four finishers in the league get spots.
Don’t get me wrong, I was happy to watch Liverpool’s run in the Champions League this season. The final was a classic. However, all this silliness about defending their title should have been moot from the start. Now the rules are changed going forward and let’s hope teams will just have larger squads and we don’t have this sort of thing again.