Arsenal defeat to Bayern Munich confirms Liverpool change Jürgen Klopp will hate

Arsenal's players look dejected after their Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich
Arsenal's players look dejected after their Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich -Credit:Getty Images

With Arsenal now out of the Champions League, the rest of Liverpool's season just became clearer. Jürgen Klopp might have been hoping for the Gunners to go through against Bayern Munich though.

"How can you put a game like this on Saturday at 12.30pm? Honestly, the people making the decisions, they cannot feel football. It is just not possible."

Klopp made his feelings clear ahead of Liverpool facing Manchester City in the early Saturday kick-off slot earlier this season and it wasn't the first time. "If you play in the afternoon obviously the boys sleep longer and you can ask whoever you want, sleep is a big part in recovery," he had explained back in 2020.

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Despite the German's protestations, Liverpool has played more often than anyone else in the early slot this season. And that will happen again during April after the latest round of fixture changes were announced last month.

Liverpool is set to play Fulham (Sunday 21st), Everton (Wednesday 24th) and then West Ham United (Saturday 27th) inside six days. All three of those matches are away from home and the West Ham game is set for the early Saturday slot, just three days after the midweek visit to Goodison Park.

It was agreed for this season that teams playing on a Wednesday in the Champions League could not be selected for the early Saturday kick-off but that rule doesn't apply to midweek commitments in the Premier League. That is why, in this case, Liverpool will be made to suffer again.

The Reds did have one slight hope of avoiding the dreaded early kick-off. Had Arsenal beaten Bayern Munich and qualified for the Champions League semi-finals, the Gunners would have needed to play on Saturday rather than Sunday because they would have been in European action on the following Tuesday.

Alas, Bayern's 1-0 win at the Allianz Arena saw them go through to the last four at Gunner's expense, meaning their clash with Tottenham will stay put. Liverpool will therefore have to face up to one last early kick-off this season. says: Despite being locked in a title race with them, there would have been plenty of Liverpool fans hoping for an Arsenal win. Not least because it would have added another big hurdle for them, as Jamie Carragher pointed out.

As it is though, Liverpool will have to play in the early kick-off against West Ham. It might actually not be too bad a thing to go first out of the title contenders, assuming the Reds are still in the race by that point.

An original version of this article was first published on March 26. It has since been updated.