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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 want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season

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Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.

We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.

Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.

“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.

“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.

“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”

Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.

We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.

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Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.

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“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants

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Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.

The American was a target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in 2016 (h/t Liverpool Echo), but the Reds had their offer rejected by the Bundesliga giants.

The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.

Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.

The American told Colin Cowherd (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.

“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”

The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.

Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.

The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.

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The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.

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“I rate him among the very best at the top” – Liverpool star heaps praise on teammate after Bournemouth win

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James Milner

Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum believes James Milner is one of the best players in the world and praised the versatility of the 32-year-old.

The Englishman played his 500th Premier League game for the Reds in our 4-0 win over Bournemouth and even captained the side as Jordan Henderson was on the bench.

Speaking after the game, Wijnaldum was all praise for the Englishman, who play at right-back on Saturday (h/t Mirror):

“Which player in the world can you play in every position in a team and he will do really well in all of those positions? There is no-one, apart from Milner.

“He has played in so many different roles — and he is always brilliant. That’s why I rate him among the very best at the top, I really do.”

James Milner

James Milner

The Dutchman added that Milner always puts his 100% on the pitch, which is good for the team.

“What Milner is capable of at this level, I have never seen other players do that. Milner will always get great marks, no matter on what position our manager puts him.”

The midfielder has been used all around the park by Jurgen Klopp. The former Leeds United star even played a majority of a season as our first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno during the 2016/17 season.

The 32-year-old has only gotten better with each season under his belt and Wijnaldum highlighted the professionalism of the midfielder.

“Some players can get frustrated when they have to switch positions. But with Milner, you will never see a mood swing. His attitude just stays the same.”

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The Reds play Napoli in a huge Champions League clash, and we can be sure that Milner will give his 100% on the pitch.

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