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Cup Liverpool won set for radical changes after Champions League decision

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FA CUP FINAL LIVE: All the build-up and full match coverage from Wembley of Liverpool v Chelsea READ MORE: Liverpool and Chelsea kick-off time change in FA Cup final explained The Daily Mail claim that future of the League Cup is being directly threatened by the changes to the Champions League, which dominates midweek slots for the biggest clubs during the season, with EFL chiefs considering a number of options including allowing big Premier League clubs to field development sides until the semi-final stage, something that they would likely demand significant financial help from the Premier League to allow.

It also marked the first domestic cup won by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and the celebrations appeared to demonstrate that the League Cup still had value in the English game having been been increasingly maligned in recent years.

Back in February, 85,500 fans packed into Wembley Stadium to witness Liverpool lift the Carabao Cup following a penalty shootout triumph over Chelsea.

Top-flight clubs are contractually obliged to compete in the League Cup each season due to an agreement signed at the formation of the Premier League in 1992 by the breakaway league and the EFL, then known as the Football League.

To put that into some context, a draw in the Champions League group stages is worth eight times that.

But now it has been claimed that the competition is under threat, with the increase in Champions League group games from six to eight from 2024 adding to an already hectic fixture schedule that has been the focus of anger from a number of top-flight bosses, including Klopp, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola having previously called into question the requirement for the League Cup in the modern English game, at least for the biggest sides.

For Premier League clubs there is no real financial value to the Carabao Cup, although it does offer a pathway to European football via the Europa Conference League.
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