The real reason Liverpool are playing Man City at 12.30pm – it’s not for TV

Since Jurgen Klopp arrived on Merseyside, Liverpool have been dealt the lunchtime kick-off 39 times, winning just two of their last eight in that time.

Usually this is down to fixture scheduling by broadcasting companies however, on this occasion, Sky Sports wanted the fixture to be played at 5.30pm (GMT).

Unfortunately for the Reds, this wish wasnt granted due to the local safety advisory group including the police, not giving permission, reported the Daily Mail.

This season, TNT Sports usually televise the Saturday 12.30pm games, but this weekend Liverpools match against Man City, on November 25, will be on Sky Sports.

This is due to Sky having the rights for the Etihad fixture and still needing to televise on Saturday.

As a result, Arsenals match against Brentford will now take place at 5.30pm and be broadcast on TNT Sports, therefore effectively swapping time slots with Liverpool but staying on the same TV channel.

The local safety advisory groups decision is based on the previous incidents that have occurred around Liverpools games against Man City in recent years.

With Liverpool having more key internationals on duty than Man City, who have mysteriously seen several players return injured, the kick-off time could be deemed an advantage for the hosts.

Last season, the Reds faced six 12.30pm kick-offs, winning none and earning just three points from the 18 on offer.

On the pitch, the match is a big one. A win for Klopps team would take them top, above Guardiolas side, but a loss could see them finish the weekend outside the top four.