LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 17, 2015: A television camera during the Premier League match between Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have 5 of first 7 Premier League fixtures moved for TV coverage

Liverpool’s trip to Watford to open their Premier League campaign for 2017/18 has been rescheduled for TV coverage, among four others.

The Reds will begin the new season at Vicarage Road, taking on Marco Silva’s Hornets, who finished 17th in the English top flight last term.

Initially scheduled as a 3pm kickoff, the fixture has been moved to 12.30pm (BST) on August 12, to be shown live on Sky Sports.

The Reds have had four more of their first seven Premier League games moved to suit broadcasting demands.

These include their high-profile clashes with Arsenal, Man City and Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle:

Liverpool Fixture Changes, August & September

  • Watford (A) – 12.30pm, August 12 – Sky Sports
  • Arsenal (H) – 4pm, August 27 – Sky Sports
  • Man City (A) – 12.30pm, September 9 – Sky Sports
  • Burnley (H) – 3pm, September 16 – Not on UK TV *
  • Newcastle United (A) – 4.30pm, October 1 – Sky Sports

* Fixture unchanged.

Last season, Liverpool broke the record for the number of Premier League games broadcast live for one club in a single season, after being selected for TV for 29 of their 38 fixtures.

This came with Jurgen Klopp‘s side pushing for a top-four finish, and they are expected to raise their ambitions for next season.

October will bring back-to-back clashes with Man United and Tottenham, so it is likely that the Reds will continue their longevity on Sky Sports and BT Sport.

The Premier League will begin with a Friday night for the first time ever, with Arsenal taking on Leicester at the Emirates Stadium at 7.45pm on August 11.