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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (second from left) scores his side's fourth goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (3L) scores the winning goal during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players celebrate their fourth goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. PA
Liverpool players celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool celebrates victory after the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Liverpool players celebrat after winning the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren (left) after the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (L) celebrates with Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp after winning during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho (C) celebrates with Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (L) and Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho after scoring during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Dejan Lovren during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho (R) celebrates with Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) after scoring during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his side's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his side's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his side's third goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Divock Origi (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's opening goal with Adam Lallana during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) talks with Dortmund's head coach Thomas Tuchel during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (not pictured) scores past Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller (C) during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (R) celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (right) during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund fans wave flags during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his side's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool fans sing during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Divock Origi heads at goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: A general view showing Liverpool fans flying flags and banners during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish looks on during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool players observe a minutes silence for the Hillsborough disaster before the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool shoots past Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Liverpool players and the fans observe a minutes silence for the Hillsborough disaster as the crowd spell out ninety six before the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Borussia Dortmund fans cheer during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Gonzalo Castro of Borussia Dortmund goes past Emre Can of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mates during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Borussia Dortmund fans cheer during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: The Liverpool team pose during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: The Dortmund team pose during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The team's stand for a minute's silence during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) looks on as a huge banner is unfurled before the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Borussia Dortmund fans wave flags before the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp arrives at the ground in front of the Borussia Dortmund fans section before the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PA
The match programme is displayed prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge arrives at the ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Fans play Table Football prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Emre Can arrives at the ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Fans play Table Football prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo arrives at the ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Dortmund and Liverpool fans gather outside the ground prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho arrives at the ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
A Dortmund fan poses outside the ground prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson arrives at the ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: A merchandise seller displays the match scarf prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Fans walk outside the ground prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Dortmund fans gather outside the ground prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: A Dortmund fan poses outside the ground prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Fans walk outside the ground prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Jurgen Klopp masks are sold on a merchandise stall prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: A merchandise seller displays the match scarf prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Fans gather by a merchandise stall prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: A general view inside the ground as stewards are given a briefing prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: A T-Shirt displaying an image of Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool is sold on a merchandise stall prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: A merchandise seller holds match scarves prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Fans gather by merchandise stalls prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Fans gather by a merchandise stall prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Fans gather by a merchandise stall prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Match scarves displaying an image of Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool are sold on a merchandise stall prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Joe Allen during a training session at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Borussia Dortmund (c) and Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund (r) lead the team in a warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League quarter final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 13, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan (left) and Marcel Schmelze during a training session at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League quarter final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 13, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel during a press conference at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Gonzalo Castro of Borussia Dortmund looks on during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League quarter final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 13, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League quarter final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 13, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Thomas Tuchel, Head Coach of Borussia Dortmund talks to his players during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League quarter final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 13, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Borussia Dortmund stretches during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League quarter final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 13, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund controls the ball during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League quarter final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 13, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: The Borussia Dortmund players warm up during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League quarter final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 13, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel during a press confrence at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel speaks to his players during a training session at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel during a press conference at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (L) and Dortmund's Greek defender Sokratis vie for the ball during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's Polish defender Lukasz Piszczek (C) and Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (L) vie for the ball during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's Polish defender Lukasz Piszczek plays the ball during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's Greek defender Sokratis (C) is shown the yellow card by Spanish referee Roberto Alonso after a fool on Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (L) during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's head coach Thomas Tuchel (L) shouts from the sidelines during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp (L) and Liverpool's Serbian assistant manager Zeljko Buvac react from the sidelines during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's Polish defender Lukasz Piszczek (R) and Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi vie for the ball during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's defender Mats Hummels (R) scores the 1-1 equalizer during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund (L) celebrates with Nuri Sahin as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Dortmund's defender Mats Hummels (2nd L) scores the 1-1 equalizer during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (L) and Dortmund's defender Mats Hummels vie for the ball during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund (C) beats goalkeeper Simon Mignolet of Liverpool to score their first goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (2nd L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team-mates during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 201. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (2nd L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team-mates during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Serbian assistant manager Zeljko Buvac and Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp speak with Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (R) during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates as Divock Origi of Liverpool scores their first goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates as Divock Origi of Liverpool scores their first goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates as Divock Origi of Liverpool scores their first goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool celebrates as Divock Origi of Liverpool scores their first goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp (2nd L) speaks with his players during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool is given treatment during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Dortmund's defender Mats Hummels heads the ball during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller (R) argues with Spanish referee Roberto Alonso during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo shows a yellow card to Roman Weidenfeller of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller argues with Spanish referee Roberto Alonso during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp (L) reacts during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Borussia Dortmund fans light a flare during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Divock Origi of Liverpool is tackled by Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Adam Lallana and Borussia Dortmund's Gonzalo Castro (right) battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, First Leg match at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Thomas Tuchel manager of Borussia Dortmund and Jurgen Klopp (L) manager of Liverpool look on from the touchline during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Dortmund's defender Marcel Schmelzer (L) has a change against Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's midfielder Sven Bender (L) and Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren vie for the ball during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool make their way out for the start of the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, First Leg match at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool is challenged by Eric Durm of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Liverpool line up prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (C) clashes with Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne (R) and Dortmund's defender Marcel Schmelzer vie for tha ball during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp (L) greets Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke prior to the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's fans show a banner featuring their side's German head coach Jurgen Klopp prior to the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Dortmund's goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller warms up pitch prior to the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's players including German midfielder Emre Can (C) come on to the pitch prior to the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: CEO of Borussia Dortmund Hans-Joachim Watzke (L) and Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool embrace prior to the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Dortmund's players warm up before the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund scarves on sale outside the ground before the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, First Leg match at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp follows the warm up prior to the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp (L) greets Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke prior to the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German head coach Jurgen Klopp follows the warm up prior to the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's coach Jurgen Klopp , center, is surrounded by fans as he arrives for a news conference in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. ( Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)
A general view of the stadium before the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, First Leg match at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 7, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Dortmund. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Scarves are displayed for sale outside the stadium before the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Scarves are displayed for sale outside the stadium before the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY - APRIL 07: Scarves are displayed for sale outside the stadium before the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool at Signal Iduna Park on April 7, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Adam Lallana, right, attends a training session in the Dortmund stadium prior the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp talks to the media during a press conference prior to the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp arrives at the Dortmund stadium for a press conference prior the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Liverpool players exercise during a training session in the Dortmund stadium prior to the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Liverpool's Jordon Ibe, Daniel Sturridge, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, from left, exercise during a training session in the Dortmund stadium prior to the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp watches the media during a press conference prior to the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp smiles during a press conference prior to the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp smiles during a press conference prior to the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp smiles during a press conference prior to the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
DORTMUND, NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA - APRIL 06: (L-R) Assistant coach Zeljko Buvac, assistant coach Peter Krawietz and head coach Juergen Klopp attend the Liverpool FC training session prior to the UEFA Europa League match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC at Signal Iduna Park on April 6, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA - APRIL 06: (L-R) Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson attend the Liverpool FC training session prior to the UEFA Europa League match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC at Signal Iduna Park on April 6, 2016 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Liverpool´s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet warms up at a training session n the eve of the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs FC Liverpool in Brackel near Dortmund, western Germany on April 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZPATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images

How many Champions League spots are there?

We all know by now that, normally, four English clubs qualify for the Champions League and these are, normally, the same four that finish in the Premier League’s top four places.

Like we say, normally. The success of Manchester City and Liverpool in Europe, in conjunction with their shaky league form, raises a number of possibilities and permutations. We're going to try and explain them.

Abacuses at the ready. As Walter Sobchak once said, "you are entering a world of pain"...

What if a team wins the Champions League or Europa League?

If a team wins the Champions League, they qualify for the following season's Champions League group stages automatically, regardless of where they have finished in their domestic league.

If a team wins the Europa League, they also qualify for the following season’s Champions League. The stage at which they enter depends on how the Champions League winners did domestically.

Clear as mud? OK. Let’s pretend Manchester City win this year’s Champions League and use that as an example…

  • If City finish 3rd or higher in the Premier League and win the Champions League this season, the Europa League winners will enter next season's Champions League at the group stage.
     
  • If City finish 4th or lower and win the Champions League this season, the Europa League winners go into the final qualifying round of next season's Champions League.

What if both Manchester City win the Champions League and Liverpool win the Europa League?

Both Manchester City and Liverpool would play in the Champions League.

England would have five teams in the competition – 1st to 3rd in the Premier League, plus City and Liverpool.

City would qualify for the group stage automatically. Liverpool would only qualify for the group stage automatically if City had finished 3rd in the league or higher.

What if both win in Europe but both finish outside of the top four?

Both would still qualify for the Champions League.

The 4th-placed team, probably either Manchester United or West Ham United, would drop out and play in the Europa League group stage.

So, as has been noted in recent days, Manchester City and Liverpool could, together, deny United a place at the top table of European football next season.

Independent

The draw for the semi-finals in the Champions League has taken place in Nyon, Switzerland. Manchester City, who are in their first Champions League semi-final after dispatching Paris Saint Germain, face 10-time winners Real Madrid. While the conquerers of title holders Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, meet Bayern Munich. The first matches begin on April 26/27. Graphic shows Champions League semi-final draw with head-to-head records, and summary of last seasons finish and previous best performances.
The draw for the semi-finals in the Champions League has taken place in Nyon, Switzerland. Manchester City, who are in their first Champions League semi-final after dispatching Paris Saint Germain, face 10-time winners Real Madrid. While the conquerers of title holders Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, meet Bayern Munich. The first matches begin on April 26/27. Graphic shows Champions League semi-final draw with head-to-head records, and summary of last seasons finish and previous best performances.
April 15, 2016 -- The draw for the semi-finals in the Europa League has taken place in Nyon, Switzerland. Four time champions Sevilla face a tough trip to take on 2009 winners Shakhtar Donetsk, while Liverpool, who staged a remarkable comeback over Dortmund in the quarter-finals, face Villarreal. The first matches begin on April 28. Graphic shows Europa League semi-final draw with head-to-head records, and summary of last seasons finish and previous best performances.
April 15, 2016 -- The draw for the semi-finals in the Europa League has taken place in Nyon, Switzerland. Four time champions Sevilla face a tough trip to take on 2009 winners Shakhtar Donetsk, while Liverpool, who staged a remarkable comeback over Dortmund in the quarter-finals, face Villarreal. The first matches begin on April 28. Graphic shows Europa League semi-final draw with head-to-head records, and summary of last seasons finish and previous best performances.

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