Jurgen Klopp gives his verdict on potential Christmas Eve fixture


Earlier this week it was reported that Sky Sports requested permission to schedule Arsenal v Liverpool on Christmas Eve at 4pm.

That was turned down but discussions remain ongoing and there’s the possibility of it being played earlier in the day.

Ahead of his side’s game against Newcastle on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp was asked about the possibility of the game going ahead on that date.

He suggested clubs were basically powerless due to the money they take from Sky and BT, but seemed to urge the broadcaster to think twice about it given the impact it would have on fans.

“We are the last ones in this role who may have something to say about the decision,” he said.

“For us it is not a normal time, so if we don’t play 24th we’ll play the 25th or 26th, but it is still Christmas for our families although not for us.

“We are used to it, but if you think of all the other people involved who have to go there.

“I am not sure we can fight against it. But Sky has then to make a decision if they really want to do this, if they really want to bring supporters onto the streets that night, if they really want to bring all the people who work for television away from home that night.

“I really cannot imagine that anyone wants to watch football on that night.”

Some common sense from the Liverpool boss, but it remains to be seen if anyone capable of making a decision will have the inclination to apply of it to this situation.

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