Liverpool secures Champions League return thanks to Pochettino’s Chelsea victory

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Liverpool will play in the Champions League next season because they finished in the top four. This was guaranteed after Chelsea, managed by Mauricio Pochettino, won 2-0 against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Trevoh Chalobah and Nicolas Jackson scored for Spurs in each half, leading to their third consecutive loss. This also means Liverpool can’t finish lower than fourth place. Spurs are still trying to catch up with Aston Villa, who are in fourth place. The Reds only need one more point to secure a higher position than Villa because they have a much better goal difference. If Villa loses any points, Liverpool will secure third place or higher. Both teams will face each other on Monday, May 13.

Opta Predicts Liverpool to Secure Third Place in Premier League Standings

Opta’s data experts predict that Liverpool will finish third this season with a very high probability of 97.3%. They have a match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and then play against Villa and Wolves to finish the season.

This means Liverpool will likely earn a lot of prize money from both the Premier League and UEFA. Making it to the Champions League group stage was worth £13.37m last season. However, this amount is expected to increase for the 2024-25 season due to a new format.

In the new format, 36 clubs will participate instead of the usual 32, and there will be eight group stage games instead of six, with each team playing four home games and four away games.

The top eight teams in the league will directly enter the last 16 of the Champions League, while teams placed between ninth and 24th will compete in a two-legged play-off for a spot in the last 16.

Liverpool is expected to earn at least £13.37m from UEFA and at least £165m from the Premier League. This £165m includes money for finishing third, sharing equal payments, and fees for hosting TV games. The estimate might be on the lower side because payments for performance and equal sharing are likely to increase.

Liverpool will also receive facility fees for 27 matches, as they have appeared on TV 25 times this season, with additional matches against Tottenham and Villa also being televised.

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