Finance guru: Uefa trying to 'squeeze' more cash from Liverpool as 'controversial' plan emerges
Uefa are trying to squeeze even more revenue from the global appeal of the likes of Liverpool through a new pre-season tournament.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about European football’s ruling body and their plans to expand beyond the continent’s borders.
Associated Press reported last Wednesday (11 May) that Uefa are considering a new four-team mini-tournament to kick off the European season.
The event would be introduced in step with the new post-2024 Champions League format, which will see all 36 teams enter a Swiss-model league.
It is understood that the top four teams in this league would qualify for the pre-season tournament, which Uefa wants to host in the United States.
Liverpool have a natural connection to the US through owners Fenway Sports Group.
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And Plumley claims that the contest would be lucrative for both Uefa and individual clubs like the Merseysiders.
“It is purely Uefa trying squeeze more revenue, but there are benefits for Uefa and benefits for the clubs,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“There might be a sense of controversy, but they can make it lucrative. There is talk of a trophy being attached to it. That kind of adds to the incentive.
“They also want the top eight of the Champions League Swiss league table to remain competitive until the very last. It could mean fewer dead rubbers because each of those teams could get into the top four in the Champions League.
“You can see the logic. If you can tie it in with attractive destinations and it’s outside the regular season. It can be lucrative.”
Liverpool face Real Madrid in the final of this season’s Champions League next Saturday (28 May).
They won the FA Cup last Saturday (14 May) and will move to within one point of Man City in the league with victory over Southampton on Tuesday (17 May).