Premier League bow to pressure from ‘Big Six’ clubs over fixture list

Jack Rosser
·2 min read
 (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Premier League appear to have bowed to pressure from Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard by not selecting any of the 'Big Six' clubs for Saturday lunchtime kick-offs after games in Europe in December.

Both Klopp and Lampard have called for a change to the scheduling to give teams more time to prepare after they have played in the Champions League or Europa League in midweek.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho warned Klopp this week that his complaints would fall on deaf ears, but the Liverpool manager’s outburst appears to have worked.

The Premier League announced their latest fixtures amendments on Thursday and Liverpool only face one lunchtime Saturday kick-off for December.

The champions face a trip to Crystal Palace on December 19 after having hosted Tottenham at Anfield on the Wednesday three days earlier.

Having faced Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday this week, Liverpool travel Brighton on Saturday for the early kick-off on BT Sport.

The scheduling prompted Klopp to direct a rant at broadcaster after their win last weekend.

"If you don’t start talking to BT [Sport] we are all done," Klopp told Sky Sports.

“Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing on Wednesday and Saturday [at] 12:30, I’m not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players.

“I know you [the broadcasters] don’t care and that’s the problem. We’ve discussed it for a long time and nothing’s happened."

Liverpool have two European fixtures left in December and after both have been picked to play in more comfortable slots - at home to Wolves on Sunday, December 6 with a 7.15pm kick-off and away to Fulham on Sunday, December 13 at 4.30pm.

Chelsea meanwhile, who also play in Europe in the first two weeks of December, have been placed in the latest Saturday slot for both their following weekend fixtures.

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