Klopp warns Sky Sports over Christmas Eve fixture plans

Date published: Friday 29th September 2017 1:35

Jurgen Klopp has offered his views on the reported plans to move Liverpool’s game with Arsenal to Christmas Eve.

Liverpool are currently scheduled to face Arsenal on December 23, but plans are afoot to move the game back 24 hours to a 4pm kick-off on Christmas Eve.

The plans have been opposed by both clubs, with Reds supporters expressing concerns over travel arrangements to London during the festive period, when public transport is limited.

Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year and, if Sky Sports go ahead with plans to show a ‘Super Sunday’ match on that day, it will be the first time in 22 years that a Premier League game has been played on that date.

The only other time it has ever happened was when fierce rivals Leeds United and Manchester United met on Christmas Eve in 1995.

The Liverpool Echo claims that Liverpool are ‘strongly against the game being switched to December 24’.

Klopp was asked for his views on the matter on Friday.

“If the supporters want to see a game on Christmas Eve then the television broadcaster will find a way,” he said.

“What I have learned is that if there is something not too cool involving fixtures, Liverpool are involved!

“The broadcaster has to consider that the wonderful thing they sell depends on the players – on the quality, the freshness of the players.

“It would be four games in nine days for us. If we have to play on December 24, Sky has to make a decision whether they really want to do this.

“If Sky really want to do this, we are the last one who may have something to say about the decision.

“Maybe we will play without media and just one camera? I really cannot imagine people want to watch football on that night.”


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