Rafa opposes play-off idea

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes the idea of a play-off to determine who takes the fourth Champions League spot is laughable.

It has been suggested that the Premier League teams that finish the regular season between fourth and seventh should feature in an end-of-campaign play-off, but Benitez believes the football calendar is already too crowded.

He said:"We are playing too much now. They were talking about a 39th game being played in Asia. If we now play the play-offs we'll be playing until the end of the century.

"To play three, maybe four fixtures, when you don't have time with international football – when will you play, how can you play these games and what does it mean for the team that finishes fourth?

"Maybe we can do the same with the teams at the bottom of the table. If you finish fourth maybe you could play with the team who finished third from the bottom.

"Then during the whole season we can play 50 games and we don't have to rest so that will be fantastic."

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