Could Liverpool’s First Premier League Loss Boost their Champions League Hopes?

Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Watford ended a 44-match unbeaten run in the league, that lasted over a year.

The result was highly significant for two reasons, the first being how the seemingly ‘invincibles’ were finally beaten by a side 2nd from bottom. The second reason is in terms of the Reds’ Champions League hopes.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side lost 1-0 in the first leg of their last 16 tie at Atletico Madrid, with the return leg at Anfield in a weeks’ time.

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The Premier League loss means that the reds can no longer go unbeaten in the league which could see more rotation from Jürgen Klopp and his team selection for matches before Champions League games.

To become invincible, Liverpool would have had to field close to their strongest team for every Premier League game, due to the strength of the teams in the league, evidenced by the Watford win.

Now that the Reds are beaten, and with the league almost wrapped up, Liverpool can now put more attention to retaining their Champions League crown that looks seemingly under threat.

The importance of each league game, takes a huge tole on the players who strive to win every single game.

Now that the team has lost in the league, the pressure of being undefeated throughout a league season is now lost and can be forgotten, allowing the Reds to focus more on the Champions League.

This means that the pressure and performance levels can now be shifted more the Europe, where the Reds are bidding to become only the second ever team to retain the European Crown.

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So far this year, Jurgen Klopp has been reluctant to make too many changes during league games as Liverpool march towards their first title in 30 years.

Allison, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Salah and Firmino have all been ever-present, in the league, throughout 2020 so far.

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There will now be an expectance for Klopp to rotate his side more often during games the Reds are big favourites in.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are two players that provide so much energy and importance to the Liverpool side that maybe rested in upcoming games.

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James Milner has had injuries that has prevented him from filling in at full-back for either Alexander-Arnold or Robertson, his return to fitness can provide some rest bite for both full-backs.

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The result against Watford was in no doubt, unexpected and disappointing for the Reds but it could be seen as a blessing in disguise as they look to secure not only the Premier League but the European Cup for a seventh time.

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