Man Utd open up European football qualification route for bitter rivals Liverpool
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Manchester United's FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout victory over Brighton has given Liverpool a boost in their battle for European qualification.
Seven European places are available to clubs in the Premier League each season with the top four automatically qualifying for the Champions League group stage, and fifth qualifying for the Europa League group stage.
However, if the winners have already qualified for Europe via their league position then the qualification place goes to the next best-placed team in the league standings.
The Red Devils are also the holders of the Carabao Cup meaning the team finishing seventh in the league is likely to qualify for next season's Conference League.
That's exactly what happened to West Ham who finished seventh last term and are now in the semi-finals of the competition.
A boost for Liverpool
There are few situations where Liverpool would be happy to see their rivals United reach the FA Cup final but this could be one of them.
The gap to fourth-placed United is nine points which at this stage of the season looks unreachable so they will have to settle for a place in Europe's second-tier competition.
However, qualifying would provide a much-needed revenue boost and also mean they avoid having to play in the Europa Conference League which begins with a play-off round in early August.
It would also give them a good chance to win silverware which could reignite their fortunes under Klopp.