Insider issues 'huge' claim as Liverpool receive official apology
The late change to the January fixtures should not cause any “huge” problems for Liverpool.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
The Premier League apologised to supporters last week (16 November) as they announced the broadcast games for January a month later than promised.
Liverpool’s game with Chelsea on 21 January has been moved to an earlier kick-off time of 12:30.
“Logistically, internally, they will have quite a good understanding of match day scenarios and the planning of pre- and post-match recovery,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The biggest headaches will come for those clubs involved in European football with travel arrangements and accommodation arrangements.
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“In terms of the actual management of players, this will not have huge implications.
“They’ve probably got bigger fish to fry in terms of when their players come back from the World Cup and how they are managing those players.
“There’s always going to be fluidity in those plans anyway in regards to changes of schedule.
“If one thing covid has taught is, is to expect the unexpected and adapt to the conditions as they present. Clubs are really good at that now.
“We’ve seen across the board that the management of players has been a lot better around late schedule changes, cancellations and disruption generally. They are more well-versed in coping with whatever is thrown up.
“Television schedule changes, compared to what’s happened over the last couple of years is small fry.”