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Jurgen Klopp unsure over Champions League rules after Liverpool win

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Following their 3-0 triumph over Villarreal in Thursday's Europa League semi-final, Liverpool fans were quick to dream of the prospect of playing in the Champions League next season.

While the Premier League's top four is out of reach, the Reds will gain automatic entry to the elite competition if they beat Sevilla in the final later this month.

To say it is a huge deal is no overstatement. Not only will it provide tens of millions in extra revenue for the Reds but it will make Anfield more attractive to world-class players in the summer transfer window.


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But following the final whistle, Jurgen Klopp did not seem too concerned. In fact, he didn't even know the rules regarding qualification.

Asked about the potential of qualifying for the Champions League, he told BT Sport: "I am not 100% sure on the rules, to be honest. Is it a qualifier or is it a fixed place in the Champions League? I have never thought about it but it's not important."

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Told by the reporter that he would go straight into the group stages, Klopp responded: "That is good news. I will tell the boys immediately."

The new rule

Introduced for the first time in the 2015 final, UEFA decided to award the winner of the Europa League a place in the top tier competition. It was designed to revamp the competition and provide an added incentive for teams to win the tournament.

And it appears to have worked. The competition has been highly competitive this season with many clubs choosing to field their strongest side rather than their reserves.

A place in the Champions League brings with it an average revenue boost of £34.39 million while winners have received as much as £95m in recent seasons.


Five English teams

Should Liverpool win the trophy, it brings the possibility of there being five Premier League clubs in the contest next season, which will do wonders for the coefficiency rankings. The top three places in the Premier League will keep their automatic qualifying spots while the fourth-placed club will have to compete in a two-legged play-off.

As Liverpool are not going to be in that top four, they will have to beat Sevilla, who have won the Europa League in the last two seasons, to seal their place. After their performances against Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villarreal, few would bet against them.


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