26 of the 32 fixed teams joined by the six playoff winners in August will move onto the Champions League 2019/2020 Group Stage.
The final game lined up on the 30th of May 2020 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul holds great significance for Liverpool and we will tell you why.
Here are 5 key facts about the 2020 edition of the Champions League and controversies revolving around it that every Liverpool football fan must know.
1. Jurgen Klopp’s promising start
The Reds’ Manager vowed that his team will find their way to the Champions League climax in Istanbul. Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi led Klopp’s club to victory in Madrid last season of the Champions League.
The manager showed a high spirit while making a very public announcement. The Reds’ slammed Mauricio Pochettino’s men with their 2-0 triumph and the wild celebration after the game’s final whistle.
Klopp made up for the loss of the Premier League title and went on to win his first trophy as the manager of Liverpool in the last season of the Champions League.
2. The Manchester City controversy
Meeting the Reds in the finals and kicking butt may have to wait for Guardiola. Manchester City found itself in a scandal following allegations of unfair financial practices. If proven correct, the former Premier League Champions may not be a part of the Champions League tournament in 2020.
Despite the claims, the club denies any financial wrongdoing and is cooperating with the UEFA in their ongoing investigation into their finances.
3. Calling it in
The Citizens’ manager Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp promised to be dominant again next year, revealed Klopp. The Merseyside manager had Guardiola on the phone when this conversation took place.
It will be exciting to see whether or not both the teams last long enough to see eye to eye at the 2020 Champions League final in Istanbul.
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4. The 2020 UEFA Super Cup
The winners of the Champions League and the Europa League in 2020 will compete to lift the silverware at the Super Cup at Portugal in August the same year.
After Turkey hosted 2005’s historic game of the Champions League final, this is the first time that Liverpool sets foot on the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.
Whether the Reds will get a chance to protect their reigning title in the finals or not, one thing remains certain. Football fans around the world will mark 30th May 2020 in their calendars to witness another great climax of Europe’s most prestigious league.
5. Liverpool’s history at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium
This stadium was the venue for the 2005 Champions League final which ended with Liverpool hoisting the vessel of victory.
A legendary collision between AC Milan and the Merseyside that until the half-time seemed to be in the bag of AC Milan. But the magical second half was hands-down one of Liverpool’s best performance.
The Reds beat Milan finding the net three times and taking the game to penalty shootouts. Beating AC Milan 3-2 in the penalties, the Reds secured the title of football’s most prestigious competition.