With now just eight days to go, Liverpool are ramping up their preparation for their big Champions League final date against Tottenham Hotspur.

Beating their Premier League rivals and claiming a sixth European Cup to provide a silver lining to an incredible season is the sole focus.

But victory in Atletico Madrid’s Estadio Metropolitano on June 1 could also make life easier for the Reds’ next Champions League campaign.

Liverpool are already through to the group stages of the 2019/20 campaign, the draw for which sees the 32 qualifiers split into four pots of eight teams.

Should the Reds lift the trophy on Saturday week, they will be placed in Pot One for the draw for next season’s competition as top seeds.

Pot One consists of the champions of the leading six European leagues according to UEFA’s coefficient, along with the holders of the Champions League and Europa League.

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It means either Liverpool or Tottenham will join Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Zenit St Petersburg as leading seeds. The eighth and final place will go to the winners of next Wednesday’s Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal in Baku.

Should Liverpool lose in Madrid, though, they will go into Pot Two, which already contains Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and, if they negotiate the final qualifying rounds, Porto.

Liverpool were controversially placed in Pot Three for the group stage this season and were given the difficult task of taking on PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid as Liverpool lose last year's Champions League final 3-1 in Kiev
Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid as Liverpool lose last year’s Champions League final 3-1 in Kiev

The final seedings won’t be confirmed until the day before the draw for the group stages on August 29.

Even if they win the Champions League and are in the top seeds, they could still be placed in a group alongside Real Madrid, Benfica and RB Leipzig.

But being placed in Pot Two means, given teams from the same country are kept apart, they would be guaranteed to be drawn alongside either Barcelona, PSG or Bayern – all three of whom they faced this season – or Juventus or Zenit.

It means the chances of Liverpool being given a more straightforward draw will undoubtedly be improved by winning in Madrid next month and becoming top seeds.

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