Liverpool v Chelsea next month will now be postponed. This should benefit the Reds, however.
Chelsea squeezed past Barnsley on Thursday evening to qualify for the FA Cup quarter-finals. There, the Blues will face Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.
So how does that affect Liverpool?
Well, the ties will take place on the 20th and 21st of March. Liverpool host Chelsea on the 20th, however, meaning that game will be postponed.
There’s a little confusion as to when it could be rearranged, however. The easy answer would have been the 22nd or 23rd of March.
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But there’s an international break that week. You’d think that ends that plan.
The game can’t pull back to the 17th of March, either, as Chelsea have a Champions League tie on that date.
We’d suggest the 6th or 7th of April but the Champions League quarter-finals happen then. It’s an option if neither Liverpool or Chelsea make it but otherwise it won’t work.
So, really, we have no idea when the game will be played. But that shouldn’t matter too much – we think Liverpool benefit regardless.
No matter what, Liverpool should now have over a week off ahead of the international break. That’s a real blessing, given the injury crisis.
It’s an opportunity for players to recuperate, effectively acting as a belated winter break. That, hopefully, can prove beneficial as Liverpool head into the ‘business end’ of the season.
It’s time for everyone to regain fitness and for injuries to lighten up for once.
It’s certainly possible that we’ve missed something here as we won’t pretend to know how the scheduling operates. The international break feels like madness, for one thing.
But as far as we can see, this should help out Liverpool towards the end of the season.