If Liverpool wins, Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League

If Liverpool wins, Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League

If Liverpool wins, Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League
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Liverpool is in the UEFA Champions League final for the third time in the previous five seasons, a run that most clubs around the world would envy.

However, some Liverpool fans in England may be more interested in understanding whether a Liverpool triumph in the competition will have a potential carryover benefit for their own club than in whether Liverpool can win a seventh European title.

Thanks to UEFA’s qualification configuration, the Champions League winner automatically qualifies for the following year’s tournament no matter its domestic table finish. This has left some wondering, if Liverpool win the Champions League, do the European qualification berths in England get shuffled around?

Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League table, the first team outside the automatic Champions League qualification places. If Liverpool wins the Champions League and occupies the automatic qualification spot given to the competition’s winner, could the Gunners be elevated to a Champions League berth?

UEFA’s “country coefficients,” which are derived based on the relative strength of each nation’s league, mostly taking into consideration that league’s recent finishes in Champions League activity, decide the amount of Champions League places for each European domestic league.

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England is the top-ranked nation in the UEFA coefficient rankings, followed by Spain, Italy, and Germany, owing to Premier League clubs’ recent domination in the Champions League. For the top four finishers in their respective domestic leagues, those four nations receive four direct slots in the Champions League group stage.

The next two nations, France and Portugal, have three slots in the Champions League: two enter straight into the group stage, while the third-placed team in the domestic table earns a ticket into the third qualifying round.

The remaining Champions League group stage and qualifying slots are divvied up in similar fashion. This year, however, there is an added wrinkle: Due to fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russia have been disqualified from all European competitions.

Therefore, all teams below Russia move up a spot in the coefficient rankings. That allows Scotland to get an automatic berth in the group stage which goes to the Scottish champion

As stated earlier, there is already a spot reserved in the Champions League group stage for the previous winner of the competition, no matter where it finishes in its domestic league.

So, since Liverpool already clinched a top-four place in the Premier League, would that mean an additional Premier League team could secure a Champions League spot if Liverpool beat Real Madrid for the 2022 European crown?

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Instead of handing that extra spot to a fifth team from the Premier League, UEFA instead moves down to the next league according to its coefficient list. It gives the vacant group stage spot to the first nation on the list that doesn’t have already have an automatic group stage slot

With Russia out of the competition, the present was given to the 12th-placed team, which happens to be Ukraine. Because Real Madrid and Liverpool have already qualified for next year’s competition regardless of the outcome of the finals, Ukraine’s acknowledged champion will enter the group stage.

Following the suspension of the Ukrainian league in February due to the war, the league decided that the league position at the time of suspension would be the official result, with Shakhtar Donetsk as the automatic qualifier for the Champions League.

 

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