Liverpool have been given the chance to defend their Champions League crown after Uefa handed them a place in the first qualifying round for next season.
The Reds beat AC Milan in last season's final but, because they finished out of the Premiership's top four, were not guaranteed entry in 2005–2006. Uefa's executive committee changed its rules on Friday to allow Liverpool in.
As a (not particularly ardent) Liverpool fan, I am delighted at this news for one very good reason: the prospect of the first ever all-Merseyside Uefa Cup Final, with Liverpool beating Everton 6–5 in the final minute of extra time (having knocked out Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea en route).
The dream result.