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Liverpool could now be faced with new Champions League threat as FSG will wait on the outcome of Barcelona risk

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Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Champions League last season, but the competition could become much more difficult following Barcelona's transfer window.


Liverpool could now be faced with new Champions League threat as FSG will wait on the outcome of Barcelona risk

Last season, it almost came as a surprise to see Karim Benzema break the deadlock in the Champions League final. 

Liverpool had every right to be disappointed in a game overshadowed by events surrounding the game after an impressive 2021/22 campaign did not end with Jordan Henderson lifting the trophy.

The Reds have remained key contenders in the competition since Jürgen Klopp’s arrival, having appeared in three finals — though the task of getting there now appears to be much more difficult this season. 

Real Madrid has added Antonio Rudiger to their squad, while Bayern Munich has welcomed Liverpool legend Sadio Mané to the Bundesliga after FSG approved his sale.

However, one team’s transfer business has made the most audible statement of intent. Barcelona.

Many questioned whether the Blaugrana would continue to slide after failing to sign Lionel Messi before his eventual transfer to Paris Saint-Germain last season.

The European giants appear set to awaken, as great teams do, having discovered generational young talent in Gavi and Pedri before embarking on a charge this summer that will push them back into contention in the biggest competitions.

Of course, there is a stipulation. Xavi Hernandez’s side has yet to register their new signings, raising doubts about whether Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Jules Koundé will play in La Liga in week one. 

Ousmane Dembélé has also agreed to new terms at the Camp Nou, leaving fans to wonder if their bet will pay off.

Barcelona’s intentions are clear, given the audacity of club president Joan Laporta’s moves: they want to be successful now. 

Furthermore, given the magnitude of the wager, they have to be.

As speculation about Frenkie De Jong’s future grows, it appears that he could be one of two of Virgil van Dijk’s compatriots to leave this summer, with Memphis Depay also linked with a move away. 

Given the club’s high asset value, it is reasonable to assume that Barcelona has a plan that will eventually result in them securing registration for their new additions.

However, an unsuccessful season will put them in jeopardy, as various future revenue streams have already been auctioned off.

Given the calibre of the new signings, it would be surprising to see the La Liga side struggle after bringing in one of the best number nines in the world and strengthening the foundations of a squad that relied on youth last season.

There’s a parallel to when Liverpool had to rely on Raheem Sterling and Suso to stay competitive in the early years of FSG’s tenure, before the shrewd reinforcements began in earnest.

The biggest threat in the Champions League for Klopp, who will lead Liverpool into a field bolstered by rising giants, could be in the red and blue of Barcelona.

However, the Reds have found strong replacement options for Mané in the form of Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, two moves that will aid Klopp’s grip on the tournament. 

It is expected to be the most competitive of his tenure, but it also has the potential to write a new chapter in Istanbul history on June 10 at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium.

Liverpool could now be faced with new Champions League threat as FSG will wait on the outcome of Barcelona risk



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