With Europe’s premier competition expanding from 2024/25 onwards to cater for 36 teams, there are extra spots to award across European leagues.
Currently, Italy and Germany have more coefficient points than English clubs and it, therefore, places an emphasis on Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham, Brighton and Aston Villa progressing in their respective knockouts.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side have qualified for the last 16 and as a seeded team, they will have home advantage for the second leg as they look to move one round closer to the final.
So depending on how you view that fifth spot, you may have extra desire to see others fall where the Reds do not in Europe for the remainder of the season.
The new Champions League format will see clubs play eight matches in the initial ‘league’ stage – half at home and half away – the teams will be drawn from four different seeding pots.
In total, there are four groups of nine and the top eight across all the ‘leagues’ will automatically qualify for the last 16, while teams in ninth to 24th will go into a play-off round.
Essentially, there are a lot more games for the players to play!