It may seem like we’re getting ahead of ourselves thinking about next season’s Liverpool campaign when there’s still so much to play for this term, but Liverpool today received confirmation that next year’s Champions League efforts could be considerably easier than in years past.
The Reds will be, at the bare minimum, in pot two of the group stage draw. In their second consecutive semi-final, Liverpool’s UEFA club coefficient is now such that they cannot be in pot three again.
This will come as welcome news to Liverpool fans, who will be keen to avoid another group of death scenario, such as we saw earlier this year.
If Liverpool can win either the Champions League or the Premier League (truly a colossal ‘if’), Jurgen Klopp’s side would progress into pot one.
The sustained European success of this team is starting to add up, and there will be a few more relaxed faces around at the time of the Champions League group stage draw next season.
The road to the semis - how Liverpool got to the final four of the Champions League once again
Liverpool 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain
Liverpool’s Champions League campaign got off to a great start at Anfield when Roberto Firmino lashed home a late winner.
Napoli 1-0 Liverpool
The problems started in Naples, as Liverpool succumbed to a 90th minute Lorenzo Insigne goal.
Liverpool 4-0 Red Star Belgrade
The Reds got back on track at home against Red Star, with a resounding win.
Red Star Belgrade 2-0 Liverpool
…but the return match did not go to plan.
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Liverpool
First half goals from Bernat and Neymar were enough to lift PSG over Liverpool. The Reds were in deep water ahead of their final group game.
Liverpool 1-0 Napoli
But, by the skin of their teeth, Liverpool scraped through after Mohamed Salah’s goal sank Napoli.
Liverpool 3-1 Bayern Munich
After a tense 0-0 draw in the opening led of the round-of-sixteen tie, Sadio Mane turned it on at the Allianz Arena to knockout the Bavarians.
Liverpool 6-1 Porto
A 2-0 win on Merseyside, then another drubbing in Portugal.