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REVEALED: How Man Utd and Chelsea can deny Liverpool Champions League even with fourth place finish

Chelsea and Manchester United can force Liverpool out of the Champions League this season - even if they finish in fourth place.

The Reds go into the international break in sixth place in the Premier League table. Liverpool are seven points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and have two games in hand.

There is a situation which means that, under certain circumstances, the team that finishes fourth could still miss out on Champions League football. Rules set out by UEFA make it so that only five clubs from England can compete in Europe's more prestigious cup competition at one time.

Arsenal and Manchester City occupy the top two places and are near certain to be in the competition next season. But there are still question marks around the other spots.

Manchester United are currently in third place, while Tottenham are in fourth. And should the Old Trafford club drop out of the top four in place of Liverpool, then there is a situation that could mean the Reds miss out, reports the Liverpool Echo.

If Man United drop out of the top four but win the Europa League, then they would secure a spot in the Champions League that way. But this is where Chelsea enter the picture.

If the Stamford Bridge club win the Champions League, then they would also book a place in next season's competition. So what about Liverpool?

Should both Man United and Chelsea win Europe's leading two cup competitions but fail to finish in the top four - and if Liverpool finish fourth behind Arsenal, City and someone else - then the Reds would miss out on Champions League football next season, and drop down to the Europa League instead.

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