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😢 😢 Why Liverpool facing fixtures backlog after Chelsea game postponed

Chelsea vs Liverpool was set for Sunday afternoon in the Premier League but has been postponed.

Liverpool face a fixture backlog nightmare after their Premier League visit to Chelsea this afternoon was postponed.

 

The game at Stamford Bridge was called off with the Met Police unable to provide sufficient cover with their resources instead concentrating on the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II tomorrow (Monday, September 19)

 

A Premier League statement confirmed: “Seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures this weekend will be played, with three matches postponed due to events surrounding The Queen’s funeral. Matches postponed on Sunday 18 September are Chelsea’s matches against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United’s home match v Leeds United.”

 

Brighton & Hove Albion’s game against Crystal Palace, that was due to be played yesterday, also remained postponed. The statement added: “Following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other option but to postpone the three fixtures. New dates for the postponed matches will be announced in due course.”

 

The Reds had already seen their Premier League home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers postponed last Saturday (September 10) with English football called off for four days following the death of the Queen last Thursday (September 8).

 

It means Liverpool’s next top-flight match will be at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on October 1, almost a month since their last game in the competition which ended in a goalless draw at Everton on September 3.

 

With the Reds playing a further four Champions League group games and a League Cup tie before the season shuts down in November for the World Cup, there is no opportunity to reschedule the two postponed Premier League matches until after the finals in Qatar.

 

Should Liverpool not progress from their League Cup third round tie against Derby County on November 9, there is scope for one of the games to be rearranged for December 20/21 should Chelsea or Wolves also not qualify.

More likely, though, is the Reds will have to wait until the first free midweek of the New Year on January 17/18 – depending on possible FA Cup third-round replays – to arrange one of the matches, with there a handful of other free midweeks during the remainder of campaign.

 

There are no FA Cup replays from the fifth round onwards, while an early exit from any of the three cup competitions would open up further dates in which to reschedule any outstanding Premier League games.

 

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