Liverpool's request to postpone Newcastle game rejected

Liverpool's request to postpone Newcastle game rejected

The Premier League has rejected Liverpool's request to postpone their league game with Newcastle United in the coming week.

The Reds had lodged an official request for the game to be pushed back from the early kick-off slot on Saturday, April 30.

According to the Anfield Watch, they hoped an agreement could be reached with both the league and broadcasters BT Sport to instead play the fixture at 7.45 pm on the same day as this would give them a lengthier recovery period following the first leg of a Champions League semi-final tie against Villarreal scheduled for the Wednesday evening prior.

Reports are now emerging that the Premier League has elected to stick with the original kick-off time after considering Liverpool's appeal. The move will now see the Jurgen Klopp side contend with a 62-hour break between two fixtures that will have a big say in his side's bid for Champions League and Premier League glory.

BT have agreed not to pick teams involved in Wednesday Champions League fixtures for their 12.30 pm Saturday slot from the start of the 2022-23 campaign. That agreement was struck as part of the new three-year domestic broadcasting deal that is set to begin this summer.

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