LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 11, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and West Ham United's manager Slaven Bilic embrace before the FA Premier League match against at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

West Ham clash rescheduled as Liverpool’s Champions League race shapes up

Liverpool’s penultimate game of the season, away to West Ham in mid-May, has been rescheduled due to Premier League broadcasting demands.

The Reds will travel to the Olympic Stadium looking to seal their place in the top four, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side currently aiming for next season’s Champions League.

Initially set to be held on Saturday, May 13, the matchup has now been moved to accommodate for TV.

Liverpool will now play Slaven Bilic’s mid-table hopefuls on Sunday, May 14, kicking off at 2.15pm (BST), to be shown live on Sky Sports.

This comes after clashes with West Brom (April 16), Crystal Palace (April 23), Watford (May 1) and Southampton (May 7), with the Reds’ final game of the season coming at home to Middlesbrough (May 21).

They will therefore be on TV for at least five of their last six outings.

Liverpool’s Final Six Games

  • West Brom (A) – Sunday, April 16 – 1.30pm – Sky Sports
  • Watford (A) – Monday, May 1 – 8pm – Sky Sports
  • Southampton (H) – Sunday, May 7 – 1.30pm – Sky Sports
  • West Ham (A) – Sunday, May 14 – 2.15pm – Sky Sports

On four occasions, the Reds find themselves in a position to put pressure on their top-four rivals due to the timing of their fixtures.

This weekend, their clash with Tony Pulis’ Baggies comes prior to Man United‘s showdown with Chelsea and Arsenal‘s trip to Middlesbrough, with a win at the Hawthorns essential.

While the visit of Palace comes at the end of the following round of fixtures, United, Arsenal and Tottenham all play in midweek, with the Reds afforded a week’s rest.

May’s game at home to Southampton is followed by one of the biggest games in the race for the Champions League, with United hosting Arsenal after full-time at Anfield.

And finally, United play Tottenham at Old Trafford directly after the Reds’ clash with the Hammers, giving Klopp’s side a priceless advantage.

This favourable run-in should, on paper, provide Liverpool the opportunity to control their own fate.

Though, as supporters are well aware, it is rarely that simple on Merseyside.

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