At Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night time, Chelsea and Leicester City will as soon as once more do battle and this time, the prize is price much more.
Victory for the Foxes once more would see them seal a spot within the Champions League, whereas a win for Chelsea would put themselves in pole place for third place.
Liverpool followers will likely be watching eagerly too. Alisson’s outrageous last-minute winner in opposition to West Brom sees them able to pounce regardless of the consequence.
After a dismal 12 months of accidents, cup exits, and declined handshakes, Jurgen Klopp’s males may nonetheless finish within the high 4 and get themselves into the Champions League once more.
It must also be famous that Tottenham and West Ham are additionally sitting quietly in wait, understanding they want a miracle, however understanding something may occur, particularly this season.
Youri Tielemans’ hellacious strike within the FA Cup ultimate was all it took for Leicester to say the silverware for the primary time of their historical past, however there wasn’t a lot between the 2 sides.
A draw on Tuesday night time would depart each side heading into nervy ultimate video games.
Chelsea face Aston Villa on Sunday, whereas Leicester should do battle with Tottenham who’re making an attempt to say a spot within the high six, on the very least.
Liverpool, in the meantime, have Burnley on Wednesday – a recreation you possibly can hear reside on talkSPORT – and Crystal Palace on Sunday, a tantalising set of fixtures as they bid to pip one of many duo to the submit.
This recreation, although, may find yourself which means extra than simply the distinction between Champions League and Europa League.
There will likely be a monetary value to lacking out on Europe’s premier membership competitors.
Successful the Champions League in 2019 noticed Liverpool earn £95.75million, though every membership receives totally different quantities for his or her participation.
Reaching the group stage provides a membership a minimal £12.94m, whereas each win will get them £2.3m and a draw sees groups pocket £780,000.
An additional £8.19m goes into the coffers should you attain the last-16 too, plus extra the additional you get.
Sides are additionally given cash primarily based on their earlier success within the event, with groups ranked on membership coefficient factors, after which one other sum can be given out on the premise of league efficiency and the way they get on within the competitors.
It’s conceivable all three sides would miss out on between £35m and £50m, at least, if we’re beneficiant and assume they could nicely attain the quarter-finals.
In addition to the cash, any absence from the competitors, particularly for Liverpool and Chelsea, diminishes their energy within the switch market.
Stars might want to go away the membership to allow them to stay within the Champions League.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have displayed moments of disappointment in current weeks and Liverpool may even lose considered one of their superstars if they’re unable to usurp considered one of Chelsea or Leicester.
Actual Madrid and Barcelona have beforehand been linked with the duo.
In the meantime, it will likely be tougher to accumulate superstars like Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
The place earlier than it appeared Borussia Dortmund have been set to overlook out enjoying within the competitors subsequent season, the membership have secured qualification and they’re in a greater place to maintain their stars as a substitute of them swapping the Westfalenstadion for Anfield or Stamford Bridge.
So, Leicester might nicely have gained the FA Cup, a wonderful second within the historical past of the membership however they and Chelsea have way more to play for subsequent .
And Liverpool aren’t prepared to surrender so simply both.