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Liverpool told they benefited most from 'Fergie Time' Premier League rule change

Darwin Nunez scored one of the latest winning goals of the season in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest in March.
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A new study has found out that Liverpool has benefitted the most from the Premier League's new 'Fergie Time' rule change over the 2023/24 season.

Named after former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his legendary stoppage-time antics, a number of football leagues across Europe opted to play added-on injury time in an effort to combat time wasting after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The tournament made headlines for having extremely long second-half stoppage-time periods, with some matches going into the 99th and 100th minutes, with Wigan Athletic centre-back Charlie Hughes netting one of the latest goals of the season against Wycombe Wanderers in minute 110:00 in their Championship clash last season - a ridiculous 20 minutes into injury time.

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This Premier League season alone saw 112 injury time goals, an 84% increase when compared to the 61 scored in the 2022/23 season. Late goals have played a major part in the outcome of more games this season and have affected the results of a number of matches with memorable moments including Cole Palmer's late double that saw Chelsea break the record for the latest Premier League comeback ever in their 4-3 win over Man United.

However, as it turns out, Liverpool were the biggest beneficiary in the Premier League from the rule change in Jurgen Klopp's final season, picking up an extra six points compared to what they would have, had the change not been implemented. That's despite the dramatic finish against Tottenham early on in the season which saw Joel Matip's own goal give Spurs a controversial 2-1 win back in late September.

Some of the late goals the Reds managed to find include Darwin Nunez's 99th-minute winner over Nottingham Forest in March, Harvey Elliot's late winner over Crystal Palace in December and Luis Diaz's dramatic equaliser against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in November.

It means Liverpool still would've finished third, but on 76 points instead of their 82 in real life, while champions Manchester City actually lost out on points with the change, losing two while Arsenal gained four points. Chelsea actually gained four points while Man United neither gained nor lost points with the change.

Teams towards the bottom of the table also lost out heavily, with bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United losing out on five points - although it wouldn't have made any difference to their overall standing. Burnley and Nottingham Forest also both lost out on four points.