By Dr Dan Plumley

22nd Sep, 2022 | 10:41am

Finance guru: Liverpool sacrificing their 'integrity' as controversial new talks begin

Liverpool would not lose out financially if the League Cup is scrapped or scaled back – but they would be sacrificing their integrity.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the mooted revamp of English football’s second-biggest cup competition.

The Times reported on Monday (19 September) that England’s elite clubs are mulling over plans to scrap FA Cup replays and retrench their commitment to the League Cup.

Teams competing in Europe would either not participate in the competition or field a youth side under the terms of the proposals.

Liverpool, who won the League Cup in 2021-22, are no strangers to putting out a weakened team in the early rounds of the competition.

Plumley claims that giving the option to engage even less with the League Cup would violate its integrity.

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“In those earlier rounds of the competition, Liverpool aren’t fussed because it’s competing in Champions League group stage matches,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

Fielding an under-21 side gives them an in to the competition, but I don’t think it does much for the competition’s integrity.

If you flip it the other way, however, once you get to the quarters, semis or final, it’s great because you have the opportunity to win a trophy. The big clubs have to be careful because they are the ones that want to win trophies.

The bigger issue is that it would be all well and good for Liverpool, who are not reliant on the League Cup, but what about the smaller sides in the competition?

It’s a bonus for them because you can get a big draw against a big club which generates some money for them.

So you can see why they might want it scrapped, but I don’t think it’s a great idea whichever way you cut it.

In other news, Liverpool on course to make near-£600m announcement.