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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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“We’d welcome him to our team”: Liverpool duo send an open invitation for Bundesliga star to join the Reds

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Timo Werner

Timo Werner of RB Leipzig

Latest Liverpool transfer news: Mane and Keita want Werner at Anfield

Timo Werner is one of the hottest properties in German football and Liverpool have been linked with the forward, according to the Daily Star.

The report claims that we face competition from Manchester United and Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old forward. Naby Keita joined the Reds from RB Leipzig and claimed he would try his best to bring Werner to Anfield (h/t Daily Star):

“We played very well together in Leipzig, and he was one of my best friends there. It’s clear: If he’ll be on the move, I ask Timo to join us here at Liverpool.”

Sadio Mane also wanted the striker to join the Reds and told Bild (h/t Daily Star):

“I’d advise him to join Liverpool. I like his style of play. Very forceful, good finish, always giving it 100 per cent. If he wants to join us, we’d welcome him to our team.”

Timo werner

Timo Werner

The report adds that Werner is the No.1 target for the Reds, and it will be interesting to see how things progress in the summer.

Liverpool have 0ne of the best attacks in the world

Liverpool play with three of the best attackers in world football with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino partnering Mane. The trio have plundered several goals since last season, but we could do with more attacking options.

Dominic Solanke was sold to Bournemouth in the winter window, and the report adds that Daniel Sturridge could leave the Reds at the end of the season.

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That would leave us with just Divock Origi as a senior forward in the side, and it would be a major surprise if we don’t sign some players in the summer.

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Premier League rivals submit £39m bid for highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool target

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Luka Jovic

Luka Jovic

Liverpool FC transfer news: Chelsea submit bid for Liverpool target Luka Jovic

The Metro (h/t Mirror) reports that Chelsea have submitted a £39million bid for Liverpool target Luka Jovic. The 21-year-old Serbian has been in excellent form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season and has found the back of the net 19 times from 27 appearances.

The report adds that Liverpool have kept an eye on the highly-rated forward, who is also being tracked by La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Chelsea have now joined the race for the Serb, who is on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica. The report adds that Barcelona had agreed on personal terms with Jovic earlier in the week, however, his current club have stated that they would like to exercise their right-to-buy clause with Benfica.

The report also adds that Chelsea have made the 21-year-old a priority for the summer despite signing Gonzalo Higuain on loan and Christian Pulisic for next season.

Liverpool need more attacking options

The Reds have one of the best forward lines in football, however, the report claims that Jurgen Klopp will be looking for reinforcements in the summer window.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge’s contract at Anfield comes to an end in the summer while Divock Origi hasn’t been receiving regular time on the field.

The Reds also sold Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth in the winter window with Nathaniel Clyne joining the forward on loan at the Cherries.

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It will be interesting to see our activity once the season ends. The Reds signed several stars at the start of this campaign and hopefully, that leads to a title or two soon.

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German football expert believes Klopp will extend Anfield stay even if he fails to land a trophy this season

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Jurgen Klopp

Latest Liverpool news: Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp will extend stay at Liverpool

German football expert Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp will extend his stay at Anfield beyond 2022. The manager signed a new deal with Liverpool in 2016 which keeps him at the club until 2022, but the expert claims that Klopp will sign a new deal even if he fails to land a trophy.

Honigstein is also the author of “Bring the Noise: The Jurgen Klopp story” and said (h/t Daily Star)

“Klopp is totally happy at Liverpool and the club is totally happy with him. I think that he will renew his contract beyond 2022.

“Regardless of whether [Liverpool] become champions or Champions League winners, he will extend to 99.9 per cent.”

The Daily Star adds that Klopp had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga giants are still open to signing the Liverpool manager.

Bayern still an option for Klopp

Honigstein did warn that Klopp could sign for the Bundesliga powerhouses later in his career:

“He is flexible and ambitious enough to think about this opportunity if there is another opportunity.”

Klopp has done an excellent job for the Reds even though he hasn’t picked up a trophy at Anfield. The Reds are in a strong position to win the league title and face Bayern Munich in the round of 16 in the Champions League.

Liverpool are possibly playing their best football in the Premier League era, and the next logical step is winning a trophy under the manager.

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We have a great chance of doing that this season, and it will be interesting to see how things go in the league and the Champions League in the coming weeks.

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