The FA's reported plan hints at when Liverpool may finally play Chelsea
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The FA's reported plan hints at when Liverpool may finally play Chelsea

A reported plan from the FA hints at when Liverpool may finally play Chelsea. The match was postponed last weekend.

Liverpool were supposed to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend. The Queen’s funeral – and policing concerns – prompted a postponement, however.

That brings about some real problems. This season is already packed full, with the World Cup forcing fixture congestion on either side. Liverpool and Chelsea, as Champions League sides, play twice a week up until the tournament in late November.

Things don’t exactly ease up on the other side, either. These are two teams that will likely play into the latter rounds of the EFL Cup and FA Cup, too – good luck finding space to play the postponed fixture.

The FA hint at when Liverpool could play Chelsea

The Times now reports that the FA are willing to scrap early-round cup replays. That should guarantee at least one spot in the calendar for Liverpool to play Chelsea.

It would mean that late January – or possibly early February – offer the likely spots for the match. Funnily enough, that’s also when Liverpool are set to host Chelsea at Anfield. We could be set for two games against one another within a matter of weeks – maybe even days.

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Hopefully, the FA’s plan works and is accepted by all involved. We’re already concerned about the impact this World Cup will have on Liverpool, with several key stars disappearing for the tournament. Some of those stars have questionable fitness records as it is – the last thing they need is an overly-congested schedule on their return.

It harks back to late 2019 when Liverpool had a Club World Cup match the day before an EFL Cup match. The Reds had no option but to pick one, playing their kids in the latter as a compromise.

Things shouldn’t get that bad this time around – but only if the FA and Premier League find their own compromise.

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