‘Man City avoiding Champions League ban will help Liverpool’ – Aldridge

John Aldridge claims Man City avoiding a European ban is good news for Liverpool, with Champions League football providing a distraction for the Reds’ biggest competition for the Premier League title.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) lifted City’s two-year European ban for breacking Financial Fair Play regulations on Monday, with Pep Guardiola now looking to spend big ahead of next season.

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But Aldridge believes the CAS decision will benefit his former team next season.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “From a Liverpool perspective, the Court of Arbitration of Sport’s decision to overturn Manchester City’s two-year ban from the Champions League will help them.

“If City were out of that competition for next season, then they would have so much more time to focus and dedicate their energies on domestic trophies and obviously that includes the Premier League.



“With this decision, it is more of a level playing field across the board for both clubs next season. So both teams will be going for the Premier League and the Champions League and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out again next time out.

“The only thing is perhaps some of City’s top stars who were maybe contemplating leaving will now stay at the Etihad as it has been turned around for them.

“That will no doubt make Liverpool’s job tougher next season but I think having all the competitions to focus on will make it an even keel for both.”


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