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Champions League revamp means Liverpool win could help Manchester United qualify

The Champions League is set to change from the 2024/25 season, with 36 clubs taking part instead of the usual 32. This means more English teams could join in.

The extra four spots will be given to the leagues that have done best across all three European competitions this season. It's all about 'coefficient points', which UEFA uses to rank leagues based on how well they do in all tournaments.

But having more teams from your country doesn't always mean a higher ranking as it's based on averages. For example, Czechia's clubs may not be seen as the strongest, but they have an average of 12 points and are fifth in this season's coefficient - above France.

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This year, England started with eight teams in European football - four in the Champions League, three in the Europa League and one in the Europa Conference League. Now, only six Premier League teams remain, with Newcastle United and Manchester United no longer in the top competition.

Interestingly, English football teams have scored more points than their Italian and German rivals (England 109, Italy 98, Germany 95.5). But, because there were fewer teams from Italy and Germany playing, their average score per team is higher than the English teams. England, Italy, and Germany all have a strong showing in the knockout round. Each country will be trying to get enough coefficient points to get an extra team in the Champions League.

There's something important to remember. Some teams - but not the English ones - will play the knockout playoff round in the Europa League and the Europa Conference League this week

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