Jamie Carragher has devised the theory that Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur bosses Jurgen Klopp and Maricio Pochettino will be crucial to the rest of the Premier League, according to his regular column in the Daily Mail.
Indeed, both coaches look as though they are taking the Europa League seriously and that could end up doing a huge favour for English football in terms of the UEFA coefficient.
"After Pochettino’s Spurs beat Anderlecht 2-1 and Klopp’s Liverpool won 1-0 at Rubin Kazan, both are very likely to qualify for the knockout stages.
"They could go further in Europe than our four Champions League teams and that may yet be crucial for our UEFA coefficient - the points system that decides how many Champions League places England gets as a league.
"If Liverpool and Tottenham do well, they will help preserve the Premier League’s four places, which is crucial for them too."
The Premier League should certainly have plenty of interest in how Liverpool and Tottenham get on in the Europa League.
With Klopp at the helm at Anfield, the Merseyside outfit suddenly look like a team taking the competition seriously - and capable of getting somewhere in it. For Klopp himself, a potential reunion with Borussia Dortmund will also no doubt motivate the German.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have proved their capacity to reach the latter stages in recent years. They have never, though, looked good enough to trouble the best teams when they get there.
Last season, Pochettino rested some of his senior players against Fiorentina and duly paid the price. But he did have the Capital One Cup final to think about. He won't this time around.