Heavy snow and freezing temperatures have, of course, been affecting the whole of the UK this week and in particular the North West.
Temperatures are not set to even reach freezing before Sunday, with snow forecast again in Liverpool on Sunday.
The midweek football fixtures at Old Trafford, Ewood Park and the Emirates were all postponed due to the weather and safety issues regarding supporters, and stewards, attending the match.
Liverpool FC this morning announced:
Discussions with the Premier League are currently taking place and more news will be announced as soon as a final decision is made.
UPDATE: On Friday afternoon the postponement was confirmed. Liverpool FC said:
“Although the Anfield pitch is perfectly playable for the game, the problem we face is the icy condition of the approach roads and paths in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.
“The safety of our fans is paramount and an assessment of both the prevailing conditions and the weather forecast for the next 48 hours has been made in arriving at the decision to call off the match. Both local police and the City Council were fully involved in this assessment.
“All existing tickets will remain valid for the re-arranged game. We will also offer refunds and will publish a deadline date for refunds once the re-arranged fixture date is announced, such that we can re-sell any returned seats to other supporters.”
The postponement means Javier Mascherano will be available for the rearranged fixture and he will now serve the last of his four match ban in the FA Cup replay against Reading on Wednesday – if that goes ahead!