The fact that Liverpool must go down to the Europa League next season has been confirmed after MU secured the last spot in the Top 4 Premier League this season. Having failed to attend the Champions League for the first time in 6 years, Jurgen Klopp’s army may still fall into a nightmare group in the Europa League.
MU’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea this morning ensured Erik ten Hag’s team certainly had a place in the Champions League 2023/24, and at the same time made rival Liverpool fall to the second division. Europe Europa League.
Liverpool, who have ended all goals in a dismal season without a title, are expected to make major changes to their squad this summer, but will also have to accept for the first time no. qualified for the Champions League since the 2016/17 season.
And in the worst-case scenario, the Merseyside club may have to go through a nightmare group in the Europa League 2023/24.
The Europa League group stage consists of 32 teams, divided into 8 groups. In the grouping draw, the teams were divided into 4 seed groups and each group will have one team from all 4 seed groups. Clubs from the same country will not be able to be in the same group.
Group 1 certainly includes the Conference League winners, the remaining teams in each group are determined by the coefficients. Liverpool will be in Group 1, likely alongside the likes of Juventus, Roma, Ajax, Villarreal, Leverkusen, Sporting, and one of West Ham or Fiorentina, who will play the Conference League final on June 7.
For now, Group 2 could include PSV, Olympiakos, Real Betis, Marseille, Monaco, Ferencvaros, Qarabag, and Solvan Bratislava, although some of those teams have yet to secure their place in the league. Groups 3 and 4 are difficult to predict right now.
However, if each domestic league ends at this point, Liverpool could be in the same group with the likes of PSV Eindhoven, Freiburg, and Maccabi Haifa. Such a group would include tough matches against two of the tournament’s most prized representatives, along with two flights totaling 6,600 miles to Israel.
Another possibility, Liverpool could also be in the same group as Qarabag of Azerbaijan, Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria, and again Maccabi Haifa. While those opponents are not on the same level as the 2018/19 Champions League winners, it will be a nightmarish flight schedule that is sure to have consequences for Liverpool’s fitness and form.