Liverpool have reportedly made an official request to push back their proposed Premier League lunchtime clash with Newcastle United on April 30.
The Reds are still fighting for the quadruple after seeing off Benfica in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in midweek, setting up a semi-final showdown with Unai Emery‘s Villarreal as a result.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side will welcome the La Liga outfit to Anfield for the first leg of their semi-final on April 27, with the second leg taking place six days later at La Ceramica on May 3.
A trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle is sandwiched in between those two ties for Liverpool, who have less than 72 hours recovery time between the first leg and the clash with the Magpies.
Klopp once again took aim at the Premier League and BT Sport for giving Liverpool the lunchtime kickoff during Thursday’s press conference, and the Anfield Watch now reports that the club have officially requested the Newcastle game to be pushed back.
The report adds that Liverpool instead want the game to be played at 7.45pm on the Saturday, but the powers-that-be are ‘not optimistic’ about the chances of their request being successful.
Klopp’s side are facing a total of nine matches in April, the next of which sees them renew hostilities with Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
The Reds boss has been working with a fully-fit squad in the past couple of weeks, but Diogo Jota is now an injury concern ahead of the meeting with Pep Guardiola‘s side.