Liverpool fans are in uproar after UEFA’s latest club rankings have the Reds as only the eighth-best team in Europe.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have improved on their 11th place last season, but many supporters were convinced their side would be closer to the top after clinching the Champions League trophy last term.
The Merseyside club secured their sixth success in Europe’s highest competition with victory over Tottenham in May, with Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi netting to hand the Reds a 2-0 win in Madrid.
In addition, Liverpool took Manchester City to the final day of the season in their pursuit of a maiden Premier League title, eventually being pipped to the crown by Pep Guardiola’s juggernaut by a solitary point.
But the hugely successful season was not enough to take Liverpool past their Premier League rivals in UEFA’s standings, with City sat in sixth in the charts – the English sides sandwiching French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Tottenham improved on their 17th place last season to be ranked 12th by the UEFA, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men were leapfrogged by Manchester United, who rose from 18th to 10th.
Real Madrid stay at the summit of the UEFA rankings despite a disappointing Round of 16 exit to Ajax in last year’s Champions League, while the same performance was enough for Atletico Madrid to rise from 4th to second.
Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus fill out the top five, while last season’s surprise package Ajax drop one place to 21st.
The rankings have not gone down well with football fans alike, with Liverpool fans left particularly aggrieved by their disappointing position in the charts.
One fan wrote: “Liverpool 8th and Arsenal! Hahahaha 9th! Ahahahaha. Great job UEFA.”
Another added: “UEFA couldn’t run a bath! Absolute state of these rankings!”
“I don’t know what goes into these rankings that you have Barcelona and Athletico ahead of Liverpool,” a third complained.
Another fan wrote: “These rankings are absolutely ridiculous!! How is Madrid top? And come on Liverpool so low?!
“If a team that has played in three European final in five years and current European champions are behind a team that has never been to the final… I don’t get the logic UEFA used in rankings,’ wrote a fifth fan.
Another put: “I don’t know what goes into these rankings that you have Barcelona and Atletico ahead of Liverpool.”