I got into my head last year that Liverpool wasn’t as good as the rest of the RG and so didn’t want to go there, but I wish I hadn’t because going there over Leeds will make no difference tbh, and I wouldn’t recommend taking a gap year because you don’t wanna go Liverpool for this reason and to apply again for a similarly regarded university. Take it from me, when you start your degree you won’t care about your universities league table ranking lol
It’s all about what you want though, and I know it’s generic lol, but only you know what you want. If you really want to move to a different city, and you’d be unhappy staying in Liverpool, then I’d say this is a stronger reason to defer and re apply.
On Access to Leeds, it does say that they CAN filter you out as A2L eligible - but it is not a guarantee. The only way to guarantee is if you apply. This is your fault tbh, it’s all on their website.
All unis have a different contextual requirement so UCAS doesn’t flag you up as contextual for this reason. I (think) what you’re on about is that UCAS flags if you are the first person in your generation to attend uni.
On clearing, there will probably be some RG unis in clearing for law. None of the likes of UCL, but the likes of Leeds/Liverpool. Sheffield/Newcastle are northern unis that could potentially be.
What made you apply for Edinburgh in the first place. Isn’t it a 4 year degree in Scotland?