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Why Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham should battle for second place in the Premier League

How Liverpool can benefit from finishing above Manchester United
Jurgen Klopps Liverpool are in third behind Manchester United and ahead of Tottenham (Getty)

With Chelsea and Arsenal off the pace, the Premier League top four already appears decided with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham occupying the places.

With the spots comes Champions League qualification and following a change of rules from Uefa, all four sides will go straight into the group stage of the competition.

Its a change from previous years when the team that finished fourth were required to come through a qualifier, as Liverpool did against Hoffenheim this season.

But despite the change, precisely where each team finishes will still have consequences.

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Manchester United currently occupy second place (Getty)

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Champions League revenue

Depending on where a team places will affect their share of the TV money for being in next seasons Champions League.

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The money generated from BT Sports rights deal is split into two halves.

The first half is shared out with the champions claiming 40%, runners-up on 30%, third getting 20% and fourth 10%.

The second half of the money is determined by the number of games played in the competition, thus rewarding the team that performs the best.

How Liverpool can benefit from finishing above Manchester United
Harry Kanes Tottenham look virtually certain to be in the Champions League next season (Getty)

The importance of where a team finishes in the Premier League is highlighted by Chelseas revenue from this seasons Champions League. Despite going out at the Round of 16 stage to Barcelona, they have earned nearly as much (£55million) as Liverpool (£57m) who have reached the semi-finals (should Liverpool go all the way they can expect to land a total of £71.7m). But because the Blues topped the Premier League, they picked up a heftier reward than fourth place Liverpool.

Champions League revenue for 2017/18

Liverpool – £57m*

Chelsea – £55m

Manchester City – £54m

Tottenham – £52m

Manchester United – £37m

*Could potentially earn up to £71.7m

Premier League revenue

In addition to the revenues to be made in the Champions League, the Premier League rewards teams with prize money dependent on where they finish in the table. Each place is worth approximately £2m, meaning a difference of £4m between the sides that finish second and fourth.

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So while a top four finish looks virtually guaranteed for the current quartet, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham currently split by just three points, there remain some serious rewards to play for.

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