Manchester City v Liverpool: Uncertainty surrounding date of crunch Premier League fixture

The clash at the Etihad could have a huge say in which side win the title this season.

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There’s uncertainty surrounding the date of Manchester City’s crucial Premier League fixture against Liverpool in April.

The English top flight announced the latest rollout of fixtures on Wednesday, which includes the first two weekends of April.

City’s potentially title-defining clash at the Etihad with Jurgen Klopp’s men is on the second of those weekends and, for now, has been moved to Sunday 10 April, at 4:30pm.

However, with the latest announcement, the Premier League have confirmed that the game will be switched back to the original date of Saturday 9 April, at 5:30pm should either City or Liverpool progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and be scheduled to play on Tuesday 12 April in the competition.

The sides drew 2-2 at Anfield earlier this season. Credit: Getty.The sides drew 2-2 at Anfield earlier this season. Credit: Getty.
The sides drew 2-2 at Anfield earlier this season. Credit: Getty.

Given the former lead 5-0 from the first leg of their last-16 encounter with Sporting Lisbon, and Liverpool secured a 2-0 away victory against Inter Milan last week, it looks likely both clubs will be in the next stage of the competition.

Assuming City and Liverpool do progress, and if they’re drawn to play in the quarter-finals on the Tuesday, the fixture swap would see Aston Villa’s game against Tottenham Hotspur moved to the Sunday slot. It currently is scheduled to be played on Saturday 9 April.

The other sides from Manchester and Liverpool also meet that day, with Everton v Manchester United set to be played at Goodison Park on Saturday 9 April at 12:30pm.

Elsewhere, City’s fixture against Burnley has not been selected for TV and remains in its original time slot of 3pm on 2 April.

The dates for City’s other league games in April - Wolverhampton Wanderers (A), Watford (H) and Leeds United (A) - will be announced next week and will be dependent on sides’ progression in the FA Cup.

Pep Guardiola’s men play Peterborough United on 1 March at 7:15pm, a game that will be shown live in the UK on ITV.