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Liverpool’s Weakened Team Lost to Real Madrid But Did the Line-Up Also Break Champions League Rules?

Anfield side lost narrowly at the Bernabeu.

Liverpool fielded a severely under strength side as they took on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last night but as well as failing to avoid defeat have the Anfield side broken UEFA guidelines?

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A piece on 101 Great Goals discusses this issue and cites, via a reader’s tweet, a UEFA ruling that states that clubs must ‘play their strongest team until their elimination.’

Now such guidelines are next to impossible to enforce as the term ‘strongest team’ is primarily subjective and unless a side fields players with zero experience at the highest level it seems highly unlikely that Liverpool would face any punishment for the side they sent out against Real Madrid.

The fact that Liverpool only lost by one goal, as opposed to their full strength line-up who lost 3-0 against the same opponents at home, is perhaps proof that the side Brendan Rodgers fielded was not sufficiently under strength enough to elicit complaints.

Had Liverpool’s side been full of youth team players then that would’ve been one thing but the Merseyside outfit’s eleven on Tuesday night did include no less than nine full internationals and two 20 year olds who are Under 21 internationals.

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