Liverpool gave Champions League boost at Chelsea’s expense despite European exit

Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid

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Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid on Thursday.
The 2019 winners were second best in both sets of their quarter-final match with Los Blancos, who missed the winners 3-1 in Spain before drawing a 0-0 draw with the Reds at Anfield.

The disappointing result was the latest in a bad season for Liverpool, who risk missing out on Champions League football next season by failing to finish in the top four places.

Currently, West Ham are fourth with Leicester City one point better in third and Manchester United seven points clear in second.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are nine points ahead of the Red Devils and the runaway Premier League leaders.

Chelsea are currently fifth, one point behind West Ham, and Liverpool are sixth, two points behind the Blues.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
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Chelsea and Liverpool are doing their best to get closer to Leicester City and West Ham and secure Champions League football next season with a top four.

And Liverpool’s hopes of doing so have been boosted by Chelsea’s busy schedule.

Thomas Tuchel’s side potentially have 12 more games to play before the end of the season.

An FA Cup semi-final with Man City takes place this weekend, before a Premier League game with Brighton three days later.

Chelsea are then in action at West Ham this weekend of April 24 before flying three days later to Spain to face Real Madrid.

A return to southwest London sees them face off against London rival Fulham again three days later, before hosting Real Madrid.

Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid
(Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Finally, Chelsea end their season with a trip to Manchester to face City before returning home to host Arsenal.

If the Blues progress in both the Champions League and the FA Cup, they will still have two games to play.

Chelsea are used to a busy schedule and Tuchel has a large enough squad to perform a proper rotation.

But the extra matches, and the fact that Chelsea are fighting on three fronts rather than Liverpool, is certainly a boost for the Reds who only have seven games left this season.

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