The clash between West Brom and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on May 16 could be moved by the Premier League after shocking scenes on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were supposed to play Manchester United at Old Trafford but the game was postponed after home supporters broke into the ground and invaded the pitch in protest at the club’s owners.
With time running out on the season the focus is now on fitting in a suitable date and time for the rearranged fixture, something which is complicated by Manchester United’s continued involvement in the Europa League.
According to the Telegraph the most likely current date to stage the fixture between the great rivals in Sunday May 16, a week before the conclusion of the current Premier League campaign.
Liverpool are due to visit The Hawthorns on this day, which means that game would have to be brought forward to May 12 or 13, only a few days after Albion play Arsenal (May 9).
Always Albion taking the brunt
Not long after these clubs threatened to curtail English football as we know it with their European Super League plans, they are now involved in another decision that could have a big impact on our club and season.
This time the boards of both clubs have minimal blame, directly at least, with Sunday’s Old Trafford clash called off due to fan protests.
It’s a difficult situation for the Premier League to handle as it is the first time they have had to postpone a game for these reasons, and this unchartered territory comes at a bad time with the season nearly finished and the European Championships soon on the summer agenda.
The authorities will want to keep the last day of the season fixtures as they are, so they don’t have many slots to fit the game in.
Unfortunately, though, it means our plans could now be disrupted.
It will mean that we would only have a short recovery time after our trip to the Emirates Stadium on May 9, but the benefit is that it would give us an extended break before we are due to host West Ham on May 19.
It’s swings and roundabouts but we could still be aiming for survival in the final few weeks and we don’t need this change to our programme, particularly if it’s not sorted soon.
The Premier League need to sort this out as soon as possible to restore some clarity to our season.
In other West Brom news, ‘Not expecting a classic’ – Michael Owen predicts winner in tight Albion clash v Wolves.