And although Jurgen Klopp’s team has no involvement, it can have ramifications that would affect European and world champions.
Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year UEFA club ban on European clubs will begin on June 8 before the Sports Arbitration Tribunal.
The city was punished in February after being found guilty of “seriously violating” club licensing and financial fair play rules.
The Etihad side has always denied any wrongdoing. And when the hearing begins, Liverpool will be among the many parties interested in monitoring the proceedings.
Although not directly involved, the Reds may face City reverberations that fail in their attempt to overturn censorship.
At first glance, the exclusion of Pep Guardiola from the lucrative Champions League would be positive for Liverpool.
This would eliminate one of their main rivals from competition next season and could have an impact on the future of several members of the current City team.
Indeed, Kevin De Bruyne has already hinted that he may have to consider his position at the Etihad if the two-year suspension is maintained.
But scratch on the surface, and it’s not quite as clear.
For starters, no one knows exactly how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will affect European competition, with travel restrictions likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future.
This will surely negatively affect the Champions League and make it, at least temporarily, a little less valuable. If so, it would seem like the timing is as good as any other if a club is to miss.
And without European football, City would then be able to focus solely on winning back the national crown which they are almost certain to hand over to Liverpool in the coming weeks.
Then there is the question of who qualifies for City. Right now it’s probably Manchester United.
Even if it becomes a lesser product in the short term, the Champions League remains the ultimate for players and being able to offer it would surely strengthen United’s position in the transfer window.
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That said, the perception that United has significantly narrowed the gap over Liverpool and City during a period when there was no football solely on their potential spending power has been somewhat altered in light of the recent revelation according to which they have already lost £ 28 million due to the coronavirus epidemic.
However, United should still pour money into the next transfer window, while others will be more cautious. And Liverpool, if they choose to strengthen their team, could find real United competition for certain targets if they can offer Champions League football.
The landscape will become clearer early next month. Not for the first time in recent years, Liverpool’s efforts could be complicated by rivals on the M62.