Liverpool’s pile-up fixture request v Sunderland is rejected

Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp gets bad news

After 11 matches of the Premier League season, Liverpool are the surprise table-toppers in England.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have a one point lead over Chelsea, ahead of this weekend’s away trip to Southampton.

Looking at the fixture list until the end of the year, and the Reds have a fairly smooth run save for matches in December against Everton and Man United.

However, the new year is set to be a major headaches for Klopp and his team.

Sunderland request rejected

At the start of the season, Liverpool were scheduled to play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on January 2, two days after the Reds host Manchester City at Anfield.

With less than 48 hours between the games, Klopp had requested for the Black Cats match to get pushed back slightly.

But on Wednesday, the Telegraph confirm that request has been rejected by the Premier League. The paper report:

The Premier League considered Liverpool’s request but turned it down believing it would set a dangerous precedent to make a change for one club.

Manchester City must also play at the same times – they are at home to Burnley on January 2 – so it was not considered reasonable to give Liverpool a competitive advantage, albeit they have further to travel.