Liverpool see sharp fall in Champions League revenues after last 16 exit

Date published: Friday 13th March 2020 8:52

Liverpool’s Champions League prize money will amount to at least £30million less than in the previous two seasons after their last 16 exit on Wednesday, according to a report.

The Reds were dumped out in extra time of the second leg against Atletico Madrid, having looked at one stage as if they had turned the tie on its head.

Liverpool’s early exit came after two successive runs to the final, losing to Real Madrid in Kiev before beating Tottenham in last season’s final.

According to The Times, that recent longevity in the competition earned Liverpool around £70million in the 2017/18 campaign and the same amount last term, with broadcast revenues increasing the overall figures.

However, the newspaper says that Liverpool will be handed £20.3million for reaching the last 16 stage this time round, as well as just under £10million in performance bonuses.

A separate report in The Telegraph claims that reaching the quarter-finals banks a club £8.7million, the semi-finals £10million and that the prize for reaching the final is £12.4million.

Liverpool announced pre-tax profits of £42million in their latest financial accounts, but that figure did not take into account the prize monies won for reaching the final in June.

 

 

Wednesday’s exit means Liverpool’s sole focus is on securing the Premier League title, with two wins from their final nine games needed to clinch top spot.

Jurgen Klopp’s team have won 27 of their 29 games so far in the top flight, with Manchester United and Watford the only two sides to have taken points off the Reds.

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