By Wayne Veysey
Liverpool will pocket a sensational £97million windfall if they go one better than last season and win this campaign’s Champions League, Football Insider can reveal.
As reported by Football Insider last week, the Merseyside giants’ progress to the semi-finals of Europe’s premier competition has already landed them a guaranteed £80million handout.
Liverpool can bolster that further to the tune of £17million if they can overcome Barcelona in their last-four clash over the next 10 days and then overcome either Tottenham or Ajax in the final on 1 June in Madrid.
Uefa Champions League distribution data for the 2018-19 season shows Liverpool will pocket prize money of £47.5m for reaching the last four and this will be supplemented by £13m were they to reach the final and a further £3.5m if they win the competition.
The potential £64m prize money figure is bumped up by Liverpool’s share of the TV pool and the club’s Uefa coefficient ranking, a new distribution method introduced this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have a coefficient ranking of 12th among the teams in this season’s Champions League, securing them £20m of revenues from the overall pot that Uefa hands to the clubs.
Liverpool will also land £13m from their share of the TV pool, which is partly based on their position in last season’s Premier League.
The combination of increased Champions League prize money and the new three-year BT Sport deal that came into effect this season, has bumped up the figures compared to last season, creating a combined potential windfall of £97m.
This would completely dwarf the £67.6m the club earned for reaching the final of last season’s Champions League, when they were beaten by Real Madrid.
Liverpool travel to Barcelona for the first leg of their semi-final next Wednesday, before hosting the Spanish club at Anfield six days later.