Sky Sports have today released their first set of fixture changes to the Premiership and this season Liverpool have only been selected twice by Sky – so far.
Both matches to be shown by Sky are home games for the Reds. First up is the game against Manchester United. Always a favourite for Sky, the game will now be played on Sunday September 18th, with a kick-off at 12 noon. Police advice has no doubt played a part in the kick-off time.
The second game scheduled by Sky is the game against the club that made most enemies in the last 12 months – Chelsea. When Liverpool beat them in the Champions League we received numerous messages of support and congratulations – more even than for the final itself – from fans of many clubs. Chelsea’s visit to Anfield will now be on Sunday 2nd October, with a 4pm kick-off.
There won’t be a total lack of action for TV viewers in the UK though – all being well. Liverpool’s first two legs in the Champions League defence will be televised by ITV – either on ITV1 or ITV2. If Liverpool progress into the second and third qualifying rounds then the home games will also be shown on one of the ITV channels. ITV, who own part of Liverpool from when they bought shares as Granada some years ago, purchased an option from Liverpool to show the other home legs.
Premiership Pay-Per-View games have yet to be announced. Coverage overseas will continue to be better than in the UK, where Saturday matches can be televised live.