Liverpool could receive Champions League blow from Man Utd Europa League failure

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Manchester United were beaten by Villarreal on penalties in the Europa League final on Wednesday night – and believe it or not, their defeat isn't good news for Liverpool.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was denied his first trophy as Red Devils boss in Gdansk, coming off second best in the longest penalty shootout ever witnessed in a UEFA final.

The two teams could not be separated after 120 minutes, with Edinson Cavani cancelling out Gerard Moreno's opener in normal time, meaning spot-kicks were required to settle the showpiece.

And following 21 successful efforts on the bounce, it was United goalkeeper David de Gea who missed the crucial penalty, ensuring Villarreal emerged victorious from a shootout that went down in history.

As their fiercest rivals, Liverpool would typically celebrate a United failure as brutal as that on Wednesday night, given how cruel it was on De Gea.

However, the Red Devils' defeat out in Poland may have actually dealt Jurgen Klopp's side a potential blow in next season's Champions League – as it means they may come up against Borussia Dortmund.

By coming out on top in the Europa League final, Villarreal will now enter the group-stage draw for Europe's elite competition in Pot 1 along with title winners from the highest-ranked European Leagues – Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lille and Sporting Lisbon.

United will now join Liverpool in Pot 2 for the draw alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla.

Only one place remains in Pot 2, which will be dependent on the outcome of Manchester City and Chelsea's Champions League final battle in Portugal on Saturday.

Should City prevail at the Estadio do Dragao, Chelsea will enter the draw in Pot 2 and push Dortmund into Pot 3, meaning Liverpool may have to line up against the likes of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho in the group stages.

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Zenit St Petersburg would then enter Pot 1 as the winners of the next highest-ranked league.

Yet if Chelsea get the better of the Premier League champions, they will go into next season's competition in Pot 1, with Dortmund then becoming the eighth and final team in Pot 2.

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