UEFA has confirmed several changes to club competition regulations from 2018/19 onwards, including additional substitutes in finals.
One of the newest additions to the rulebook, confirmed by UEFA on Tuesday, is the decision to allow teams to name 12 substitutes – but only in the Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup finals.
Seven substitutes will still be in place for all other games, but from now on a fourth sub is allowed to be introduced in knockout games that go to extra-time.
Two Champions League matches on a Tuesday and a Wednesday will start at 5.55pm, while every game from the quarter-finals onwards will begin at 8pm.
Additionally, perhaps the biggest change is that players will no longer be ‘cup-tied’ – meaning that a player moving in January is now eligible to play for a team in the Champions League even if they have already played for another team in the competition.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side are looking well-placed for a top-four finish in the Premier League, and a win at Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime would take them 10 points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, for the time being at least.
Fans are dreaming of a sixth European Cup crown being sealed in Kiev in May, and who knows, maybe their fourth substitute of the night will secure No. 7 in Madrid next year!