Man City vs Liverpool to start from 12:30pm, actual reason revealed

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Liverpool are once again set to kick off at 12.30pm (UK), on Saturday against Man City. But, this time it isn’t the fault of television companies. Since Jurgen Klopp arrived on Merseyside, Liverpool dealt the lunchtime kick-off 39 times. However, they won just two of their last eight in that time.

Usually this is down to fixture scheduling by broadcasting companies. However, on this occasion, Sky Sports wanted the fixture played at 5.30pm (GMT).

Unfortunately for the Reds, this wish wasn’t granted due to the ‘local safety advisory group’ – including the police, not giving permission for an evening kick off.

Man City vs Liverpool to start from 12:30 pm:

This season, TNT Sports usually televise the Saturday 12.30pm games, but this weekend Liverpool’s match against Man City will be on Sky Sports.

This is due to Sky having the rights for the Etihad fixture and it still needing to be on Saturday, because Man City play on Tuesday against RB Leipzig.

As a result, Arsenal‘s match against Brentford will now take place at 5.30pm. It’ll broadcast on TNT Sports. Therefore, effectively swapping time slots with Liverpool vs City but staying on the same TV channel.

The local safety advisory group’s decision is based on the previous incidents that have occurred around Liverpool’s games against Man City in recent years.

Last year, a 15-year-old girl was hit by a bottle thrown from the Liverpool section. But, the police believe an earlier kick-off time would help prevents such incidents.

With Liverpool having more key internationals on duty than Man City, who have mysteriously seen several players return ‘injured’, the kick-off time could be deemed an advantage for the hosts.

Last season, the Reds faced six 12.30pm kick-offs, winning none and earning just three points from the 18 on offer.

On the pitch, the match is a big one. A win for Klopp’s team would take them top in the PL, above Guardiola’s side, but a loss could see them finish the weekend outside the top four.

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