Liverpool vs Arsenal kickoff time moved due to new Government restrictions

The Premier League are bringing kickoff in Monday night’s televised clash between Liverpool and Arsenal forwards 15 minutes to 8pm.

The decision has been made following the Government’s new lockdown measures on pubs.

The Premier League are set to announce that the tie, which will be shown live on Sky Sports, will kick off earlier to avoid a situation where landlords faced closing venues while the game was still going on.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday new restrictions amid the Covid-19 crisis, including pubs, bars and restaurants being subject to a 10pm curfew.

With the encounter at Anfield due to kickoff at 8.15pm, the full-time whistle would not have been blown before the curfew.

Talks were held on Wednesday between stakeholders, as first reported by Mail Online, and saw a deal agreed to bring kickoff forwards.

The two have already met in the Community Shield this season

However, the Premier League now finds itself under fire from supporters of all clubs, following years of kickoff times being set, despite the knowledge away fans in attendance would be unable to make return journeys home via public transport.

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