Every football fan – even those of Manchester United and Everton – will have been stunned with Liverpool’s form since the turn of the year.
The Reds, who romped to their first top flight title in 30 years last term, have lost eight of their 13 Premier League matches in 2021, including a club-record six consecutive home defeats.
That run has seen their title defence go up in smoke, but also put them in real danger of missing out on European football next season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side secured a vital 1-0 win at Wolves on Monday night to leave them in sixth place – five points behind fourth placed Chelsea.
According to The Athletic, missing out on the Champions League would have even further ramifications than just losing the financial gain the tournament directly offers.
The report claims that the Merseyside club’s £75m per-year sponsorship deal with Nike includes a clause which would see them miss out on potential ‘performance-related bonuses’ plus a small percentage drop in base income should the Reds then fail to qualify for the 2022/23 competition.
All of this means that it’s vital Klopp & Co. regain their spot amongst Europe’s elite – if they fail to claw their way to qualification this term.
That means it will be imperative for the Merseyside club to secure an instant return to Europe’s elite-level competition in the event they do miss out next season.
Despite having domestic struggles, all is not lost for Reds fans this term as they will know that winning the Champions League automatically guarantees them a spot in next season’s competition.
Liverpool are in the last-eight after comfortably seeing off RB Leipzig in the previous round, and you simply can’t write off a team which has had such success in the continent’s most prestigious club competition with six wins.