Liverpool await confirmation from Champions League as UEFA prepares radical plan


Liverpool will not return to the Champions League until almost November if UEFA’s plans are confirmed.

The governing body is preparing for an important week in which it hopes to define in more detail a timetable for completing European club competitions this season.

Before the next executive committee meeting on Thursday, UEFA is scheduled to hold a videoconference with national federations from all over Europe on Tuesday before meeting with the European Club Association and national leagues the next day.

It appeared last week that UEFA was preparing to hold all the remaining Champions League and Europa League rounds in August, suggesting that they expected the national leagues to end in late July.

Reports then claimed that the Premier League had tentatively scheduled June 8 as the potential date to resume their campaign, with Liverpool needing only two wins in their last nine games to win their first title since 1990.

Sky Sport Italia has now indicated that it has received a preview of UEFA’s scheduled match schedule for the final stages of European competition in August, with two-legged matches leading up to the final.

The final of the Champions League in Istanbul should take place on Saturday August 29, the final of the Europa League two days earlier in Gdansk.

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It also indicates that UEFA is planning the Champions League group stage next season from a later date, Tuesday 20 October.

Liverpool is one of the few clubs to have already qualified for the next term tournament and will be in Pot 1 for the draw if they continue to win the Premier League title.


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