Jurgen Klopp has slammed Sky’s reported plans to move Liverpool’s trip to The Emirates Stadium to Christmas Eve.

The Reds were due to travel to London on the 23rd December, but the fixture could now be moved to a 3pm kick-off on the 24th despite both clubs strongly condemning the proposed change.

A game on Christmas Eve would leave Liverpool facing four games in nine days, with Swansea at Anfield on the 26th, giving Klopp less than 48 hours to prepare the squad.

Leicester City also visit Merseyside on the 30th December before the Reds face a trip to Burnley on New Years Day.

The Liverpool boss said: “Let me say this; if the supporters want to see a game on Christmas Eve, then probably the TV broadcaster will find a way to deliver it.

“Now I know it is possible, and – like it was in the past few years – if something not too cool around fixtures can happen, then Liverpool is involved!

“It would mean we not only play in the night of the 24th, we would also play again four games in nine days which is the worst you can get.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Monday, September 25, 2017: Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp during a press conference at the Sheraton Aiport Hotel ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match against Spartak Moscow FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I always said that the broadcaster has to consider that the wonderful thing they sell – and give a lot of money to the clubs for, 100% – depends on the players and the quality and freshness of the players. If they have to play 24 Dec, then I’m not sure we can fight against it?”

This isn’t the first time Klopp has been bewildered by Liverpool’s festive fixture schedule.

Last year the home game against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve was moved to a 5.30pm kick-off, with the Reds scheduled to kick off at Sunderland at 3pm on 2 January, 45 and a half hours later.

“Sky then has to make a decision if they really want to do this? If they really want to bring supporters on the street, and at night, if they really want to bring all the people who work for television away from home and at night, then we are the last ones in the row to say something about this.

“But I really think it’s no problem for the people to be concentrated on something else other than football on this very, very important night.

For us it’s not a normal time but if we don’t play the 24th we will probably play the 25th or the 26th, I’m not sure. it’s still Christmas for our families but not for us but we’re used to it.

“But if you want to think about all the other people who have to go there – or maybe we can play without media? Because they all have Christmas. That would be nice – just one camera!

“I really cannot imagine that anyone wants to watch football on that night, but I’m not so important!”

Sky are expected to publish the live television fixtures in October, where a decision will be made on when the game at the Emirates will ultimately be played.

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