This season, it has seemed that Liverpool cannot catch a break with the fixture schedule.
On a number of occasions this season, Jurgen Klopp has lambasted the footballing authorities over a perceived lack of fairness in the scheduling of Liverpool’s matches.
Klopp hit out at broadcasters after his team were pencilled in for a number of 12:30 pm GMT kick-offs on Saturdays despite having played in the Champions League or another competition on a Wednesday evening.
Well, for once, it seems as if Liverpool are set to benefit from the crazy number of fixtures this term.
Manchester United’s game in hand against Burnley will take place on January 12, just five days before their titanic encounter with Liverpool in the Premier League.
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The Reds face Southampton on Monday night, while United have Aston Villa tomorrow, with Carabao Cup and FA Cup rounds making up the fixture list before a potential six-pointer at Anfield.
The Premier League’s rearrangement hands Liverpool effectively a free week heading into the clash with United, with their FA Cup tie with Aston Villa taking place on Friday, January 8.
Liverpool play Villa a week today and if Klopp rotates his team, he could largely have a fresh XI to use against United on January 17.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reportedly keen on the Burnley clash taking place in-between in order to give them the chance to move level on points with Liverpool ahead of the game – both teams will do so if they pick up three points in their next matches.
As such, United will likely have to use a first-team against the Clarets. This gives Solskjaer’s players little turn around for the trip to Anfield, even if a number are rested.
There is still, though, a chance this works in United’s favour and goes against Liverpool, with their players able to reach peak fitness levels quicker.
The Reds have looked out of sorts in their previous two league matches and need to raise the intensity against Southampton on Monday.