With transfer talk dominating headlines, Liverpool’s Champions League qualifier has surprisingly received very little attention but a situation brewing in Romania could affect the Reds.
Last season, Viitorul Constanta won the league title in Romania and the manner in which they were named champions has irked Steaua Bucharest, to say the least.
The two teams finished level on points in the final championship round but Viitorul Constanta were crowned champions after having the better head to head record between the two during the championship round.
This was in spite of Steaua Bucharest having the superior goal difference.
The Courts of Arbitration for Sport will today decide who should be rightly named champions and this will have a direct impact on who will have to qualify for the Champions League group stage qualifiers next month.
This is where Liverpool come in as the Reds are also facing a qualifier next month and today’s hearing will decide whether it is Steaua Bucharest or Viitorul Constanta that could potentially be drawn to face the Reds.
Liverpool play their first pre-season game today against Tranmere Rovers as Jürgen Klopp looks to get his side ready for the new Premier League season and their two-legged Champions League playoff.
It will be a game involving countless substitutions as the German manager seeks to get all his players back into the swing of things as far as matchday fitness is concerned.
Mohamed Salah will not feature due to work permit issues while Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho have not yet trained enough after only returning to Melwood yesterday.