Manchester City have been left frustrated after Premier League fixture changes. PL back-to-back champions have released a statement, as they believe the changes affect some teams, while others could more or less benefit from it.
“We’re disappointed that the schedule is so tight for the players over Christmas. Premier League games are a huge physical demand, and it’s not ideal to be made to play twice in less than 48 hours because it doesn’t give the players time to properly recover." Manchester City Chief Operating Officer Omar Berrada told Manchester Evening News.
“We obviously understand that the paying rights-holding broadcasters are an important consideration when it comes to scheduling, but we also need to make sure that we protect the players’ wellbeing, the sporting integrity of the league, and the quality of the product.
“We’ve had an open dialogue with the league to consider other options, but ultimately, we will have to comply with the kick off times and dates as they have been presented to us.” he added.
Here are Manchester City's updated fixtures
Here are Liverpool's updated fixtures
The Merseyside derby has been rescheduled at 8.15 pm on December 4, while the Reds will host Watford at 12.30 pm on Saturday December 14.
The Boxing Day game against Leicester City will be at 8 pm, while the home game against Wolves is scheduled on Sunday, December 29 at 2 pm.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will host Sheffield United on January 2 at 8 pm and will play an away game against Tottenham on January 11 at 5:30 pm.
On January 19, the Reds will host Manchester United at 4:30 pm and on Thursday, January 23rd, will play an away game against Wolves at 8 pm.