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Liverpool FC: The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Champions League Football

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Following a whole season of shock-and-awe performances at Anfield, Liverpool make a long overdue return to Europe’s elite competition. The 5-time European Champions last featured in the competition back in 2009 when a Steven Jovetic goal for Fiorentina dumped the Reds out of the competition. 5 years and countless troubles on, under the careful yet exciting management of Brendan Rodgers, the Reds from Merseyside are back to where they belong.

Participation in the Champions League has its own perks. While people only prefer focussing on the pro’s let’s take a look at everything that comes along with the Champions League.

Disadvantages:-

  1. Draw
    One of the Reds major concerns on their return to the Champions League will be the kind of group they get from the draw. Seeded in Pot 3 after having been absent from the competition for the past 5 years, Liverpool face a very tricky draw for the group stage. With a worst case scenario of – Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Roma all being in the same group as the Merseysiders; Brendan Rodgers will be vary of the task he faces in his first taste of the competition.
  2. Player Fatigue
    Despite having added extensively to their squad, every club barring the likes of Real Madrid get stretched in Europe’s elite competition. With the pressures of the Premier League and other domestic competitions player fatigue is something Rodgers’ will have to deal with by carefully rotating his squad.
  3. Travel Issue
    One of the problems teams face due to the Champions League are the travel issues. Having to travel to Moscow for a midweek fixture and then having to travel to Southampton in the league is just an example of how travel can be very tiring for all teams.
  4. Fixtures Cramp
    Towards the business end of the season, juggling domestic and Champions League responsibilities are something Brendan Rodgers will encounter for the first time in his career. Managing an ageing Steven Gerrard and a very young squad is going to be a tough job for the Ulsterman.

Advantages:-

  1. Prestige
    The repute of being among Europe’s elite is something that matters a lot to football clubs. Being part of the champions league signifies that every club participating in the event is one of the clubs held in the highest regard all across based on their domestic performances. A club like Liverpool deserve to be part of the Champions League year-in year-out.
  2. Revenue
    The added revenue that clubs acquire from participating in the Champions League has been well documented in recent times. When the matter is about clubs that do not necessarily have the financial power to back their ambitions and goals, the revenue earned from the Champions League becomes invaluable.
  3. Players
    Players of all standards love playing in the Champions League. It’s one of their life’s ambitions – the Champions League. Moreover the Champions League is a major attraction while signing players. Few seasons ago, Liverpool were linked with the likes of Hugo Rodallega and Charles N’Zogbia and now the Reds are chasing Radamel Falcao and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
  4. Fans
    The Champions League is a special tournament in Liverpool history. Tales about the famous European nights are always going to be the talk of The Kop. Its been 5 years since the Anfield faithful have witnessed the thrill of the Champions League and its not too far away now.
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“It’s gone great”, “Another one” – Some Liverpool fans curse luck with star player picking up injury

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Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has sustained a broken thumb, according to reports (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The star was with the national side when the injury occurred during training, and the Liverpool Echo claims Mane would be assessed by the club once he returns to Melwood.

This is another injury that Jurgen Klopp has to deal with from the international break. Virgil van Dijk is still suffering from a rib problem while Mohamed Salah picked up a minor problem for Egypt.

The duo are expected to continue their treatment at Anfield, as per the report.

The 26-year-old Mane has four goals to his name this season, and it will be interesting to see if he plays against Huddersfield at the weekend. Liverpool are tied at the top of the table with Chelsea and Manchester City on 20 points.

Some Liverpool fans were cursing the international break for the number of injuries we picked up while a few believed this was good as Mane needed a rest.

Read more: Former Man United star weighs in on Mohamed Salah’s struggles this season

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli

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Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

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Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

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The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

Read more: “Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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