Rafa Benitez has rubbished the idea of a Champion’s League play-off between the teams finishing between 4th and 7th place in the Premier League.
The Reds boss believes that this will only add yet more games to an already congested season and said teams would end up playing “until the end of the century”.
“He said what would it mean for a team like Tottenham if they finish fourth and, after a fantastic season, have to play a team who finishes seventh, maybe 20 points behind, just to keep the competition alive?
“To play three, maybe four fixtures, when you don’t have time with international football – when will you play, how can you play these games and what does it mean for the team that finishes fourth?
“Maybe we can do the same with the teams at the bottom of the table. If you finish fourth maybe you could play with the team who finished third from the bottom. Then during the whole season we can play 50 games and we don’t have to rest so that will be fantastic.
“If we continue playing games we will end up playing three games a week – which is fantastic for the television companies. We are playing too much as it is. They were talking about the 39th game being played in Asia so if we now play the play-offs we will be playing until the end of the century.”