sport news Jurgen Klopp admits it would be tough to take Champions League rejection

Jurgen Klopp admits it would be tough to take Champions League rejection even if Liverpool do squeeze into the top four... with UEFA only allowing five teams per nation and Chelsea and Arsenal in with a shout of European glory A fourth-place finish might not be enough for Champions League qualification UEFA rules only allow five teams per nation into their flagship club tournament Chelsea and Arsenal are both in with a shot of winning European competitions They would then join the Premier League's top three if they can go all the way Champions Liverpool, despite their awful season, can still clinch fourth place 

By Joe Bernstein for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 22:30 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 01:46 BST, 2 May 2021

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted it would be hard to take should Liverpool finish fourth in the Premier League this season and still be denied entry into the Champions League.

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UEFA rules allow a maximum of five clubs per country into the competition and that would include the winners of this season's Champions League and Europa League who are granted automatic qualification.

It raises the prospect of Chelsea and Arsenal, both well placed to reach European finals, joining the Premier League's current top three in the Champions League regardless of where they finish domestically.

Liverpool may not get into the Champions League next year, even if they finish in fourth place

Liverpool may not get into the Champions League next year, even if they finish in fourth place

Chelsea are level at 1-1 with Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final

Arsenal trail Villarreal 2-1 in their Europa League semi-final

UEFA rules only allow five teams in the competition and Chelsea and Arsenal are both in with a shot of European glory this season

The Premier League confirms on its website: 'In the event that a Premier League club win the UEFA Champions League and another win the UEFA Europa League and neither of these clubs finish in the top four of the Premier League, the club lying fourth in the table will drop into

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