Champions League

How Manchester United and Liverpool could both end up in Europa League

LIVERPOOL and Manchester United may top their Champions League groups – but both of them could amazingly yet end up in the Europa League.

Picture, for instance, a 1-0 Spartak Moscow win at Liverpool in the final group game combined with a Sevilla win at Maribor.

 Hopefully Jurgen Klopp will not be pointing the way to the Europa League

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Hopefully Jurgen Klopp will not be pointing the way to the Europa League

That would send Jurgen Klopp’s side into the second tier competition.

United could follow suit if they lose to CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford by six goals and Basel beat pointless Benfica.

Both scenarios would appear improbable… but you never know.

For surprise results this week have upset the applecart.

 Liverpool thanked their fans for joining them in Sevilla but the travelling hoards will not welcome awaydays in the Europa League

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Liverpool thanked their fans for joining them in Sevilla but the travelling hoards will not welcome awaydays in the Europa League
 Jose Mourinho and Manchester United could also finish third in their Champions League group

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Jose Mourinho and Manchester United could also finish third in their Champions League group

 

 

Liverpool were 3-0 up at Sevilla on Tuesday and somehow managed to turn a potential thumping win into a 3-3 draw.

A much-changed United side dominated in Switzerland on Wednesday and should have wrapped been out of sight by half-time, but lost 1-0 to a last minute goal.


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It all means that the Reds and the Red Devils still have work to do.

But both sides have home games in which to complete the job.

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Liverpool came a cropper in Sevilla with 3-3 draw

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 And United lost 1-0 to Basel

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And United lost 1-0 to Basel

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And, in Liverpool’s case, if they can’t beat (or draw) with Spartak they probably don’t deserve to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds.

Against that both Manchester City and Spurs are guaranteed to top their group, and Chelsea are also through.

But the truth is we do expect FIVE English clubs to make it.

 

 

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