Liverpool has ALREADY confirmed qualification for next season's Champions League … even before the knockout phase of this year's competition has begun!
- Liverpool already qualifies for next season's Champions League
- The defeat of Chelsea against Manchester United means that Liverpool ends in the top four
- The men of Jurgen Klopp are incredibly 36 points ahead of Tottenham
- Liverpool is in the first part of their last 16 draw on Tuesday
Liverpool have incredible already sealed their qualification for next season's Champions League – before the knockout phase for this year's competition even started.
The runaway Premier League table toppers have risen 36 points from fifth place Tottenham with only 12 games of the campaign left.
Liverpool's defense of their Champions League crown will continue on Tuesday against Atletico Madrid, with the side of Diego Simeone hosting the first leg of the draw.
But even if his side had to deal with an early shock knockout, boss Klopp will easily be able to rest in the knowledge that his side has already confirmed that they will have another crack on the league next year. .
In the worst case, an unbridled campaign for the Reds could lead to anything but impossible fourth place – although Liverpool was sure to reach their first league title in 1990 in the coming weeks.
Anfield's equipment is even the first team in Europe to secure itself in the elite competition.
And with the club's eye on reaching a third consecutive Champions League final, Liverpool could theoretically also seal the Premier League title against Bournemouth on March 7.
This would require leaders to win all their games at that time, with both Manchester City and Leicester dropping points – although Liverpool needs only five victories to be crowned champions.
And anticipating Atletico & # 39; s confrontation with a record-breaking Liverpool side, Diego Simeone has no illusion that his opponents will be remembered as one of the best teams ever in the sport.
Simeone said: & We are facing a great team, really well trained by a coach who is different and has different alternatives in his team.
& # 39; We have always talked about great teams over time and I have no doubt that Liverpool will go down in history as a great team because it is different from the teams we have admired (in the past).
& # 39; This team is much more intense, more adaptable, and it makes me admire it as a rival. & # 39;
The contrast between the two clubs could no longer differ because Liverpool looks like they want to win their first league title in 30 years, while Norwich tries to prevent him from falling back into the top after just one season.
No less than 55 points separate the two teams and the adage that the ranking is not lying certainly applies here.
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Saturday's hosts have won only four of their 25 Premier League games this season – a 16 percent win ratio. It is not surprising that this is the lowest win rate in the top flight, with Watford being the third worst in 19th place to win five of their 26 games (a win rate of 19 percent).
Furthermore, the side of Daniel Farke have drawn six and lost their other 15 games – the latest statistic is a worst competition, not surprising again.
Defeat is something that does not occur this season in Liverpool & # 39; s vocabulary in the Premier League. The men of Jurgen Klopp are in an unprecedented tear making them on track to break the record for most points in a single campaign (currently in Manchester City with 100 points during the 2017-18 period).
The Reds have won 24 of their 25 games – a staggering 96 percent win ratio. Their only & # 39; blip & # 39; was a 1-1 draw at bitter rivals Manchester United in October.
All odds indicate that the Merseysiders have extended their league record to 25 wins out of 26 and it is not hard to understand why. Further back, Liverpool has won 33 of their last 34 Premier League games, won their last 16 in a row and holds a zero sheet in nine of their last 10. The Reds have won as many points in 2020 as Norwich has all season to so far (18).
The equipment ng van Anfield has an average of 2.92 points per game compared to the 0.72 of Norwich. An obvious reason for this is the difference in star quality and squad depth between the two.
After a good start to the campaign, Norwich's chief, Teemu Pukki, struggled – a microcosm of the shape of the Canary Islands themselves.
Pukki (11 goals) and to a lesser extent Todd Cantwell (six) are the only real sources of Norwich for a goal threat. They are the only two players from Farke & # 39; s team that have scored more than once in the Premier League – accounting for 71 percent of their league goals this season (they have 24 as a team). If they do not score, then also not from the Canary Islands.
Conversely, visitors to their weekend form goals in abundance.
The triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are the best attacks in the world right now. Together they have 33 goals in the Premier League this season (Salah – 14, Mane – 11 and Firmino – eight). That number is good for 55 percent for Klopp (they have scored 60 goals this season).
To delve further into the offensive statistics the wave in clinical ability between the two teams is clear. Norwich has 301 shots in the Premier League, but has only converted eight percent of their efforts. Meanwhile, Liverpool has had 389 shots and 15.4 percent converted – a rate that is almost double that of their opponents.
The expected goal statistics also cause one team to perform excessively and the other to underperform. Opta has an xG for Liverpool at 49.47 goals (they've scored 60), while Norwich's xG is 28.5 goals (they've scored 24).
In possession of the ball, there is not much difference between the two in terms of passing accuracy with Liverpool at 83.8 percent, compared to 80.8 percent at Norwich. There is only a difference of three percent, but it should be noted that Liverpool has played more successful strides than Norwich (12,840 to 9,396) and has on average more possession in games (61.9 to 50.3 percent).
Another indicator of the difference between the two is defensive. Norwich has admitted more than three times as many goals (47) in the Premier League as Liverpool (15). The Canary Islands have so far also 383 shots on goal against – 141 more than the Reds (242 shots faced).
Like all really true great sides, the Klopp team is strong in defense – with 11 clean sheets with a core of Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson being the main reasons for that. Alisson, who missed parts of this season due to injury and suspension, gives this season an average of one goal per 244 minutes in the Premier League – the best ratio of a keeper in one season in the league (at least 10 games played)
The porous defense of Norwich has been uncovered, while the club had only kept four clean sheets. Their inability to defend is further emphasized by their xG of expected goals against 43.04 – a figure lower than what it is. Liverpool's xG in this area is 23.35 – again underlining how well they play.
Of the 359 games played more than 10 times in the Premier League, Norwich versus Liverpool have the highest goals per game on average (68 goals in 17 games, four per game). Liverpool has also won each of their last six Premier League away games against Norwich, scoring 20 goals and at least twice each time.
For the Canary Islands who want to whistle full-time, they have to conquer the ominous reds juggernaut on Saturday.
Manchester City banned from the Champions League for the following two seasons for breaking the rules of Financial Fair Play
City has been found guilty of falsely inflating their sponsorship income.
The decision is subject to appeal, with City also being fined € 30 million (£ 25 million).
A UEFA statement reads: & # 39; UEFA takes note of the decision of the independent judicial chamber of the financial control body of the club (CFCB) issued today, which contains the following summary of the content and the effect to be announced as required by the CFCB procedural rules:
& # 39; Following a hearing held on January 22, 2020, the jury room of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), chaired by José da Cunha Rodrigues, today informed Manchester City Football Club of the final decision on the case referred by the CFCB Chief Investigator.
& # 39; The court has, after considering all the evidence, determined that the Manchester City Football Club has committed serious breaches of UEFA Club licenses and financial fair play rules by increasing its sponsorship income. overestimated in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016.
& # 39; The Chamber of the Court of First Instance also found that the Club did not cooperate with the CFCB in investigating this matter.
& # 39; The court has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club and determines that it will be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions for the next two seasons. the seasons 2020/21 and 2021/22) and pay a fine of € 30 million.
& # 39; The decision of the Board of Appeal can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for sport (CAS). If the Manchester City football club exercises that right, the full reasoned decision of the Chamber of Arbitration will not be published before the publication of the final decision by the CAS. & # 39;
& # 39; As noted by the Chamber of Arbitration, the club has the right to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. UEFA will therefore not comment further on this decision at this stage. & # 39;
A statement from Manchester City read: & # 39; Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today's announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber. The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to find an independent body and a process to take impartial consideration of the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence supporting its position. and sanction he intended to deliver to Manchester City even before an investigation was started. The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process that he led meant that there was little doubt about the result he would deliver. The Club has formally filed a complaint with the UEFA Disciplinary Authority, a complaint that was validated by a CAS decision.
& # 39; Simply stated, this is a case that was initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and reviewed by UEFA. Now that this harmful process is over, the Club will pass an impartial judgment as soon as possible and therefore, in the first instance, initiate proceedings at the Court of Arbitration for sport as quickly as possible. & # 39;
Atletico Madrid loses its top scorer for the past FIVE seasons while Antoine Griezmann moves £ 108 million to Barcelona
- Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is sealed with a £ 108 million move to Barcelona
- The Frenchman was the club's top scorer in each of his five seasons in Madrid
- Griezmann leaves Atletico with 133 goals in 257 contests 
- He now leads Fernando Torres and Sergio Aguero in the record scorer list of Atleti
Remarkably, the Frenchman finished as the top scorer of Atletico in all competitions in each of his five seasons in the capital.
After signing colleague La Liga Real Sociedad outfit for £ 24m in July 2014, Griezmann scored 25 goals in his debut season, and also claimed a Spanish Super Cup winner's medal.
The 28-year-old scored an incredible 32 goals in the 2015/16 campaign and financial top scorer at EURO 2016 for achieving 26 goals for the next term.
The attacker scored 29 goals in 2017/18 and closed the season by winning the Europa League with Atleti and the World Cup with Les Blues.
Griezmann plundered another 21 goals last season before finally deserving of a move to the Spanish champions.