The TV schedule should hand Liverpool a real advantage as they go trophy hunting this season. They should see it within two weeks.
Liverpool face Aston Villa on Friday in the FA Cup third round. As we’ve mentioned previously, returning injuries should give the Reds a chance they haven’t had before.
The squad is deep, after all, and that means Jurgen Klopp doesn’t need to put out a weakened side. Liverpool can therefore chase the double – something they haven’t managed since 1986.
But Liverpool may have another little advantage in their trophy hunt – the TV schedule.
Timing is everything
The game at Villa Park comes on Friday as it’s on TV. Liverpool are one of only two games that day for this very reason. Nearly everyone else plays on the Saturday.
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The following game comes against Manchester United, of course. That, too, has been moved for TV. It’ll happen on Sunday afternoon, nine days after the FA Cup clash.
Klopp, then, can actually afford to play quite a strong side against Villa. No matter who he plays, they’ll get adequate rest ahead of the crunch game vs United.
Hopefully, he does just that. Liverpool should chase the double this season as they look to make history for a third season. They’ve got the squad to pull it off.
Poor Premier League form would excuse a weakened side if there were a game soon after. There isn’t, however, and that opens up another opportunity.
It’s now a great fixture for trying to play your way back into form. Dean Smith says he’ll likely rotate in the fixture, meaning it shouldn’t be Villa’s best side.
Liverpool could go quite strong and try to get an easy win, then. It would prove a solid confidence boost ahead of the United game.
And with that, a more likely win – in both games. They’re pivotal games in the trophy hunt and Liverpool can use the scheduling to their advantage.