Manchester United vs Liverpool has officially been rescheduled after Sunday’s postponement. The Reds now have a tougher fixture list.
Liverpool will now face Manchester United on May 13th after the game was rescheduled. The game was supposed to happen on Sunday, of course, only for a fan protest to upset proceedings.
United fans swarmed the ground, with some making their way onto the pitch in chaotic scenes. The result was officials deciding it would be unsafe to play the match.
Both sides agreed and it was instead up to the Premier League to find a suitable day for the rescheduled game. That was no easy task, however.
United’s Europa League commitments have them playing every midweek, while a potential final rules out playing the game after the season officially ends.
But the Premier League has shuffled things around to make it work. Unfortunately, both clubs now face tougher tasks.
Liverpool host Southampton on Saturday before playing United the following Thursday. They’ll then play two more games within the following seven days.
In fact, the United, West Brom and Burnley fixtures are all away from home. Thus the Reds will have three trips in six days as they bid to secure a top-four spot and Champions League qualification.
The season then wraps up four days later at home to Crystal Palace. Fortunately, Liverpool should have 10k fans for that one.
That makes up for the tough fixture list, in truth. But make no mistake – it will be a struggle to finish top four. It’s felt as though Liverpool have battled fatigue all season after last year’s incredible campaign.
Now they must string together three wins in six days. Have they got the energy for that? Does anyone at this stage of the season?
One saving grace is that United have it even tougher. They play Villa on Sunday, then Leicester City two days later and host Liverpool two days after that.
It might be a cheap way for Liverpool to get an advantage in the game but we’ll take it – there’s no way United are going to be at their best for that one.
And really, Liverpool need every advantage they can get right now. Breaking into the top four seemed difficult already, with the Reds almost certainly needing to win every game.
That task just became more difficult, though. It will be quite the achievement if Liverpool pull it off.