Jurgen Klopp admits it would be difficult to accept the Champions League rejection even if Liverpool squeeze into the top four … with UEFA allowing only five teams per country and Chelsea and Arsenal with a cry of European glory.
- Fourth place may not be enough to qualify for the Champions League
- UEFA rules allow only five teams per country to their flagship club tournament
- Chelsea and Arsenal both have a chance to win European competitions
- They would then join the Premier League’s top three if they can go all the way
- Despite their terrible season, champions Liverpool can still take fourth place
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that it would be difficult for Liverpool to finish fourth in the Premier League this season and still be denied entry to the Champions League.
UEFA rules allow up to five clubs per country to participate in the competition, including this season’s Champions League and Europa League winners, who automatically qualify.
It broadens the perspective of Chelsea and Arsenal, who are both well-placed to reach the European finals, joining the current Premier League top three in the Champions League regardless of where they finish domestically.
Liverpool may not make it to the Champions League next year, even if they finish in fourth place
UEFA rules allow only five teams in the league and Chelsea and Arsenal both take shots of European glory this season
The Premier League confirms on its website: ‘In the event that one Premier League club wins the UEFA Champions League and another wins the UEFA Europa League and none of these clubs finish in the top four of the Premier League, the club will fourth place in the table falls in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. ‘
‘It’s no fun when you finish fourth and you get kicked out because another team wins the Champions League. That’s not cool, ”said Klopp.
‘These are the rules right now, so we have to accept them and if they are wrong we have to change them. But we have to work on that right now.
‘There is another good chance of two fully English finals in Europe. That makes it very difficult. You could end up with six teams (qualifying) in the Champions League.
‘I have no problem with that. I would really like it. ‘
Liverpool still have a lot of work to do to finish in the top four, starting with Sunday’s game against Manchester United, which is 13 points ahead.
Klopp’s side have not enjoyed a good title defense after losing their three central defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to a long-term injury.
Meanwhile, United has made steady progress and Klopp is happy with his counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mohamed Salah and Liverpool will take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday
The Norwegian was urged by television experts to make substitutions when United were 2-1 behind Roma in Thursday’s first leg in the Europa League semi-finals, but he stuck with his players and they eventually won 6-2.
I watched the game and the halftime talks and everyone was really amazed that they didn’t change, and then they scored four goals, switched late and (Mason) Greenwood scored! It was nice to see that the quality of a manager is more important than the experience you have.
‘I think it’s clear that if Ole hadn’t had that history as a player, a very successful history, at United, probably not many people would have thought of him.
But as he has done a great job at Molde and has a Manchester history, I think that was the idea
‘It worked out absolutely sensationally from the start, then with a little dip and then they look good now.
‘Of course he earns that with his coaches. are doing very well and I am happy for him. Even though I don’t think about United too often, I am very happy for a fellow manager who is doing very well. ‘