Jurgen Klopp wants Sky to consider the implications of moving a fixture to Christmas Eve.
The Liverpool manager was reacting to news of Sky’s plan to broadcast Arsenal vs Liverpool on Christmas Eve to maximise TV coverage.
While he acknowledged that there wasn’t much the clubs could do, he feels that there’s little appetite for a game on that day and wants Sky to consider all the possible implications.
“I really cannot imagine that anyone wants to watch football on that night,” Klopp said, as reported by The Guardian.
“I really think it is no problem for people to be very concentrated on important nights on something other than football.
“If the supporters want to see a game on Christmas Eve then probably the television broadcaster will find a way to deliver it and obviously they’ve found a way already – I didn’t know before the date was possible but now I know it is possible.
“If we play on 24 December I am not sure we can fight against it. Sky has to make a decision if they really want to do this, if they really want to bring supporters on to the streets that night, if they really want to bring all the people who work for television away from home that night.
“Maybe we will play without the media – that would be nice, just one camera.”
Arsenal are concerned about staffing issues on the day, with a number of staff unwilling to work on Christmas Eve.
The date would also pose a problem for travelling Liverpool supporters, who may not be able return to Liverpool until the early hours of Christmas morning.
Despite these perfectly valid concerns, Sky will go ahead with the plan the moment they get the okay from the police, say The Guardian. The move has been in the pipeline for works, reportedly, and there is nothing the clubs can do to stop it.
Christmas Eve has always been a non-football day. Clubs have traditionally played on the final weekend before Christmas before playing on Boxing Day and then New Year’s Day.
Klopp is worried that the schedule changes could see his side play four times in nine days.
“How it was in the last few years: if something not too cool is possible around fixtures then Liverpool is involved,” he said.
“In this moment it would mean that we not only play on the 24th it would mean we play four games in nine days – probably the worst you can get.
“I always said the broadcaster has to consider that the wonderful thing they sell – and give a lot of monies to the clubs – depends on the quality and freshness of the players.”
Arsenal are currently having their own issues with TV companies.
Due to Sky’s decision to air the game against West Brom on a Monday night, Arsenal will play three times in seven days this week.
BT Sport’s decision to air the game against Brighton at noon on Sunday also hasn’t helped Arsenal at all.