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Monday, April 25, 2005

Liverpool won't play in Champions League next season

UEFA have decided that no more than 4 English clubs will play in next season's Champions League. This means that the FA have a very tough choice to make should Liverpool end up winning the competition this season. It's seems pretty clear to me however that the mere fact the FA asked UEFA to allow another team into next season's competition speels doom for Liverpool. I agree it would be extremely tough on Everton, presuming they end up 4th, if they were told they had to compete in the UEFA Cup instead. But then again how wrong does it seem not to allow the holders to defend the trophy?

As a Liverpool fan I personally wouldn't care if didn't finish 4th so long as we won the Champions League. 4th place might be out of Liverpool's hands now but winning the Champions League is still very much in our hands.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Gary Mac said...

winning the CL means nothing if we cant be in the competietion next season. In terms of money, attracting new players and keeping existing players, CL place next season is a MUST.

4/25/2005 7:20 pm

 
Anonymous Nevin said...

Load of crap. If Everton get fourth then they get the Champions League place. End. Of. Story.

4/25/2005 7:22 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

winning a 5th time... being Champions of Europe - mate it doesn't get any better than that!!!

Just ask Wenger if he'd swap any of his "not-so-near misses" for THE Cup... he'd bite yer hand off!!

The only reason you want to be in the CL is to win it!!!!

I'd give up 3 years of CL football to win it this year - without a moment's hesitation.

4/25/2005 7:31 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nevin are you insane or what lad, if we win the cl then the champions should have the right to defend their title besides what kind of achivement is coming 4th compared to winning club footballs biggest prize

4/25/2005 7:35 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone really see Everton doing well in the CL? What a waste if they do a Newcastle and get knocked out in the pre-lim!!

4/25/2005 7:46 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, the FA should think this way: so what if Everton finish 4th? Can they even made it past the qualifying rounds of the champions league? If liverpool does win the cup, they should be given all the rights to defend it. Putting Everton in the champions league will only disgrace EPL.

Martyn VS Buffon?
Stam VS Stubbs?
Ronaldinho VS Cahill?
Ronaldo VS Ferguson?

OMG tats gonna be a huge mismatch!!

4/25/2005 7:57 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah but no BUT....Liverpool murdered 39 Italians

4/25/2005 7:59 pm

 
Blogger Berry said...

The Spanish FA had to make the same tough decision a few years ago. They chose the cup holders (Real Madrid) over fourth placed finishers (Real Zaragoza).
One suggestion is to have a play-off between Everton and Liverpool (to reach the pre-tournament qualifying rounds). Two-legs (Merseyside will go crazy) or a one-off at the Millennium stadium (the money men at the FA rubbing their hands at the idea).

4/25/2005 8:19 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not gonna matter!

Altogether both 'Blues' Jose Mourinho, Jose Mourinho!

Red Shide will get rolled over big time by Chelsea, only serving to embarrass them further.

End of story.

4/25/2005 8:34 pm

 
Blogger RedsMan said...

I heard this was a suggestion by the UEFA President Lennart Johansson. If it was up to the English FA to decide, I can't see Berry's suggestion being bettered. Being impartial, if Liverpool win the CL, they should begranted the honour of automatic qualification next season. Sorry, Evertonians.


Redsman.

4/25/2005 9:12 pm

 
Blogger Skippy said...

I wrote an article last week predicting that Liverpool had a better chance of winning the champion's league than finishing fourth. I stand by this.

As to the rights and wrongs of who should be playing in the competition next year I think Liverpool fans should wait and see how far their team progresses in the champion's league, take one game at a time.

If they do go on to won it, then I have no doubt that Liverpool will be allowed to defend their crown next year.

4/25/2005 10:12 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The red shite should of NEVER been allowed back into europe after heysel.

4/25/2005 10:37 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say that reading the intro to the page it sits uneasily with some of the comments posted thus far Elite? or just the same semi-literate rubbish to be found anywhere.
The FA need to make a decision before the semis to avoid being branded biased.
As a red I have to say that Liverpool should be playing in the Champions League again next season on the grounds of being the highest aggregate scorers for the last 5 years.
By the way I most definitely am not a murderer.

4/25/2005 11:06 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What on earth has being the highest aggregate scorers over the last 5 years got to do with the price of fish?? Completely irrelevant.
As a blue, and after last seasons poor display, I'm bloody made up we're in at least the UEFA cup, let alone the CL. Besides which isn't this argument a little premature? Liverpool aren't consistant or good enough beat Chelsea, and we've still got the small matter of 3-4 Premiership games left. I agree it seems odd that, if Liverpool were to somehow win the CL they weren't able to defend it next season, but I also think that it would be massively unfair on our incredible season if we secured 4th only to play UEFA cup footy. I also don't know how I'd feel if it wasn't Everton and Liverpool in this quandary - of course I want us over them, but passion is playing an enormous part.
If Liverpool confound all expectations, actually beat Chelsea and more than likely AC Milan in the final, and we finish fourth, then in my opinion Brian Barwick should be banned from any FA vote for conflict of interest.

4/26/2005 9:27 am

 
Blogger T said...

The FA will find in favour of fourth place.

Reason:

To maintain the primacy and competitiveness of the Premiership.

Any other ruling can be seen as giving the green light to champs league teams to deliberately put out weakened teams in the Premiership and go all guns for the champs league safe in the knowledge that winning it guarantees them a place in the following years comp.

The FA will not want this scenario to occur in future- therefore fourth place will have it.

4/26/2005 10:08 am

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all about the money, really. If Liverpool actually win (very unlikely - even if they somehow beat Chelski, Milan would demolish them) and the Toffes maintain 4th (which they will), why don't they agree to share the CL revenue whoever actually plays, then flip a coin?

4/26/2005 5:54 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the start of the season everybody knew the rules and the prizes at stake. So why, all of a sudden with only 3 or 4 games to go , should the rules be changed?
How would you like to get 6 numbers on the lottery only to be told that that is no longer the jackpot. Rules are rules, stick to them

4/26/2005 10:58 pm

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rules are rules, sure. But every team who has ever entered the top European competition has known that winning the cup guarantees entry the following year. This problem is not Liverpool's, Everton's or The FA's but UEFA'S. Why is four teams the maximum? Why not make an exception for exceptional circumstances? When Liverpool won their second European Cup in '78 they finished 5th in the league - nobody said they shouldn't be entered the next year then! This is all a bit premature anyway - I suspect the decision will not actually have to be made at all. LondonScouse

4/27/2005 6:58 am

 

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