A new Champions League format, featuring a 10-match first phase from 2024, is expected to be agreed by Uefa on Wednesday. The proposal, which has been under discussion for almost two years, will be finalised on Tuesday and then signed off by Uefa’s executive committee.
Under the new format, the current group phase will be scrapped. In its place, the number of qualifiers will be expanded from 32 to 36, with space for two ‘wild card’ entries. The wild cards will be reserved for clubs with the highest Uefa co-efficient – points used to rank clubs based on past European success – who have not qualified for the competition through their league position.
If the format was being used now, based on the current table it would mean Liverpool would gain a Champions League spot despite being seventh in the Premier League.