Liverpool supporters’ plans have once again been forced to change as the Premier League has rescheduled eight games for broadcast in December and January.
With Sky Sports and BT Sport tightening their grip on the Premier League this season, the English top flight is more vulnerable to financial pressure than ever.
This, predictably, has resulted in further ramifications for supporters, with this no more apparent with recent fixture changes.
As the Premier League gears up for the festive schedule, no fewer than eight Liverpool games have been moved around the fixture list.
Likely incurring the wrath of local authorities, the first Merseyside derby of the season will now be played at Goodison Park on a Monday evening (December 19, 8pm KO BST).
Liverpool’s Boxing Day fixture has now been moved to the day after, taking on Stoke City at Anfield (December 27, 5.15pm KO BST).
Rounding off December, the Reds will now take on Manchester City at home on New Year’s Eve (December 31, 5.30pm KO BST), with the evening kickoff once again presenting a challenge for police and supporters alike.
Liverpool’s trip to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford has been moved to Sunday afternoon (January 15, 4pm KO BST), while the Premier League have returned the favour to Swansea City supporters by imposing a lunchtime kickoff at Anfield (January 21, 12.30pm KO BST).
To spin a positive, at least the Reds will be on TV for eight out of 10 league games in December and January…
LIVERPOOL FIXTURES, DECEMBER & JANUARY
- Bournemouth vs. Liverpool – December 4, 1.30pm
- Liverpool vs. West Ham United – December 11, 4.30pm
- Middlesbrough vs. Liverpool – December 14, 7.45pm*
- Everton vs. Liverpool – December 19, 8pm
- Liverpool vs. Stoke City – December 27, 5.15pm
- Liverpool vs. Manchester City – December 31, 5.30pm
- Sunderland vs. Liverpool – January 2, 3pm*
- Manchester United vs. Liverpool – January 15, 4pm
- Liverpool vs. Swansea City – January 21, 12.30pm
- Liverpool vs. Chelsea – January 31, 8pm
(* – fixtures as previously scheduled)