PREMIER LEAGUE CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE & TICKETS

PREMIER LEAGUE CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE & TICKETS

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that Liverpool's potential Christmas schedule is the 'worst you can get' after reports suggest Liverpool could be forced to play 4 games in 9 days, including an away fixture against Arsenal on Christmas Eve. If it takes place, the match would be the first top-flight Premier League game for 22 years to be held on December 24.

"If the supporters want to see a game on Christmas Eve then probably the television broadcaster will find a way to deliver it," Klopp said. "If we play on December 24th I am not sure we can fight against it."

The Premier League are set to release the televised fixtures for the Christmas period next week.

"For us, we are used to it. It is not a normal time and if we don't play on the 24th, we'll play the 25th or 26th. But it is still Christmas for our families,” added Klopp. "Just think of all the other people involved who have to go there. Maybe we will play without the media - that would be nice, just one camera. I really cannot imagine that anyone wants to watch football on that night."

Responses from supporters ...

James McKenna, from the Liverpool supporters group 'Spirit of Shankly' said, "It seems that in pursuit of the TV schedule people who actually go to football matches have been forgotten.

"It's not physically impossible, 22 footballers can turn up and play on Christmas Eve but if you're a fan, you're saying on Christmas Eve you won't do anything you usually do.

"There has been no consultation with supporters. The Premier League and Sky should understand our concerns and seeing as it's the season of good will, we would ask them to show a bit and not schedule any matches for that day.

"There is lots of anger and frustration from Arsenal supporters too. If it doesn't happen to us, this could well happen to one of the other 18 teams."

There will not be any England Premier League Christmas Eve fixture with a 4pm or later kick-off, the league’s chief executive Richard Scudamore told fans, but negotiations continue as to which game will be played on  Christmas Eve day for TV viewing. Scudamore today told football supporters’ groups that no Christmas Eve game would kick-off at 4pm or later, although the three fixtures which TV broadcaster Sky Sports would like to be played that day are still to be decided - Arsenal v Liverpool; Leicester City v Manchester United; and Everton v Chelsea. The broadcaster is still in discussions with the Premier League and the clubs over its selection. Scudamore told the supporters’ groups that he did not expect a Christmas schedule to be agreed upon and announced until October 19.

The six giant EPL clubs are against the idea of Christmas Eve games for a number of reasons, although they have an obligation to honor a £4.25 billion three-year deal with Sky which has paid on average £11 million per game for its rights. Reportedly, there will be at least one Christmas Eve fixture, the first since 1995, at an earlier kick-off time.

An EPL match at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium would be impossible with the city’s rugby union team Leicester Tigers at home that day and the two clubs prohibited from staging matches on the same day. The Aviva Premiership side cannot move this game because their match with Saracens is already scheduled to be broadcast live on BT Sport.

A Christmas Eve football game is also likely to put extra strain on emergency services, and also make travel difficult for fans of the teams.

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