Liverpool could miss out on the Champions League next season. Even if Jurgen Klopp’s team manages to squeak into the top four of the Premier League come May, Liverpool may not qualify for the Champions League next year.
Liverpool may manage to qualify for the Champions League this year, but they will still not be invited to the biggest banquet in Europe.
Although Jurgen Klopp‘s team has underperformed thus far, a late-season surge could help the Reds keep their European football status. Liverpool might not qualify for the Champions League, though, depending on Chelsea’s and Manchester United’s performances in Europe this year. While the Red Devils may also experience European success in the Europa League, Chelsea is still in the running for the Champions League trophy. According to UEFA regulations, no nation may field more than five teams in the Champions League. Chelsea and United would both be eligible for the Champions League if they each won their respective European championships.
Liverpool could miss out on the Champions League next season
There would then be six teams in the Champions League, meaning one team would have to drop down to the Europa League, even with the top four, assuming United and Chelsea finish outside of it. The fourth-place team on that side would be the group. United being in the top four right now, Liverpool would also suffer if Chelsea won the competition this year and guaranteed Champions League qualification.
Given that Newcastle, Brentford, and Brighton are also vying for a spot in the Champions League, Liverpool may not be the only team to suffer.