UEFA have cheated Liverpool by putting them in the second Champions League pot, it seems. What they have to do now is sign a certain type of player…
Sow what they did there…
Obviously, the most important history of football (according to Sunat least) refers to West Brom striker, for now, Andy Carroll who can’t score (HA HA HA HA HA HA HA) in Dubai, but the story that comes second on his football homepage on Tuesday for the morning is almost as ridiculous:
‘EUR JOKING Champions League seeds CONFIRMED with Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs in Pot 2 after Ajax took last place in Pot 1’
Let’s skip over the fact that the seeds were CONFIRMED the minute Liverpool failed to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final and go straight to the implication (‘EUR JOKE’) that UEFA has somehow ripped off the English clubs by *checking notes* sticking to the changes they announced in 2014 that gives the Pot 1 ranking to the champions of UEFA’s major countries rather than basing it solely on coefficients.
“CHELSEA, Liverpool and Tottenham have been confirmed as SECOND seeds for this summer’s Champions League group stage draw.”
Okay, yes. Because none of them are reigning champions of anything that really matters. And putting something in ALL CAPS doesn’t make it any less shocking when the rules have literally been in place for years. Do you know who else is in the SECOND pot? Barcelona and Juventus. Just wait until you hear that Borussia Dortmund is in the THIRD!
‘The trio has been a regular in Europe’s elite competition over the years.
“But it hasn’t saved them from falling into Pot 2 for the draw that will take place on Thursday 25 August.”
No. Because of the rules.
If I could…
the online mail It also has the note…
REVEALED: The pots for next season’s Champions League draw… which could see Liverpool take on Real Madrid AGAIN with the Reds joining Chelsea and Tottenham in missing out on qualification, while Inter Milan and Dortmund lurk in “Pot 3”
Yes, for the third time in five years, Liverpool and Real Madrid are in different boats. And for the third time in five years, the odds are that they won’t be drawn because – and this seems important – Liverpool could They will also face Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, PSG, Porto or Ajax.
Perhaps the real impact should be reserved for Liverpool being SECOND seed. as we know it, they are still the best team in europe.
Michael Owen has taken some flak for that particular claim, so he’ll be very pleased to see his old teammate Stan Collymore weigh in on his side at the daily mirror.
‘My old teammate took a beating for saying that Liverpool were still the best team in Europe after losing to Real Madrid.
“I have to defend him because, not only are Liverpool and Manchester City almost universally accepted as the two best teams on the planet, but everyone has hailed City as the best team in the world for at least three years. And they have played in a Champions League final!
It’s almost as if a knockout competition isn’t an accurate way to determine the best team!
Owen has ‘pelters’ because Liverpool won neither the Champions League nor the Premier League and, in fact, could not beat any of the other top-flight Champions League qualifiers this season.
Owen was given ‘pelters’ because what he said was biased nonsense.
age is just a number
Mediawatch actually agrees with Stan Collymore that Jude Bellingham would be an excellent signing for Liverpool, but then he blows it all up with this line:
“Klopp needs to be looking at a top player around the 27-year mark EVERY season to keep things going.” I know Bellingham doesn’t fit that profile, but he will for the next 10 years.
There must be some logic in there somewhere, but it’s harder to find than people who haven’t played for Liverpool thinking they’re still the best team in Europe.
Even if we generously admit that ‘the 27-year mark’ lies between 26 and 28, Liverpool haven’t signed a player in that group since Xherdan Shaqiri in 2018 and things have gone pretty well for the Reds over the last four years. .
But not as well as for Manchester City, obviously. And they’ve gleefully bought, erm, zero players in that age range since the summer of 2018.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have bought one every summer.
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Sadio Mane is hot, so…
‘Sadio Mane’s close friend revealed his thoughts on Liverpool departure and planned transfer’ – Mirror.
In fact it did. In 2020.
The origin of species
Darwin Núñez is fashionable so…
‘Liverpool LIVE news and transfers – Darwin Nunez move, Sadio Mane targeted, Son Heung-Min offer’ – liverpool eco.
The latest from the ‘Movida de Darwin Núñez’ LIVE is that (two days ago) Sports Witness said Liverpool are among the clubs ‘interested’. The only ‘movement’ here is the contortions necessary to make this ‘news’ sound current.
And then there’s this…
‘United hire new deputy director of football, Man Utd ‘very close’ to Nunez signing, Raphinha interest – latest updates’ – Sun.
‘Very close’ sounds very promising, to be fair.
‘An agreement between United and Benfica would be “very close” for the striker according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo.’
That sounds promising…until you click on the link and realize that the source for the Portuguese newspaper O Jogo is, in fact, the English journalist Dean Jones, who claimed that the deal was “extremely closed” on 28 May. So a) not so closed and b) ‘latest updates’, my ass.