After some very intense encounters between Liverpool and Manchester City last term in the Premier League and Champions League, a competitive rivalry is starting to develop between the two sides.
Considering that, it would not be a surprise to see Liverpool supporters rejoice should Pep Guardiola’s side be banned from Europe’s elite competition next season.
Looking at the bigger picture, though, that is not something anyone associated with the Reds should want.
The Telegraph, among a host of other publications, reports that Manchester City could be denied entry into the Champions League for breaching financial fair play regulations in a potential development that may bring joy to some.
But for Liverpool and the rest of Manchester City’s rivals, any possible ban would spell bad news in regards to their title aspirations.
With the squad they have, having to only play once a week while everyone else is travelling all across Europe before their Premier League fixtures would put Manchester City at a massive advantage.
And looking at the gap between Guardiola’s Premier League champions and the rest of the division’s top six from last season, that is the last thing they need.
Chelsea have already shown how far not playing in Europe can go after they walked their way to the 2016/17 Premier League title under former boss Antonio Conte.
In a similar scenario, it is scary to think what Manchester City could accomplish given the strength of their squad. If Liverpool and co feel like this season is a tough one, then they could be in for a rude awakening in the next one.