Liverpool Football Club has welcomed a decision to stage our away fixture at Arsenal on Friday December 22 rather than on Christmas Eve, and is now considering a range of options with a view to providing assistance to our supporters who plan to attend the game.

It has been confirmed the Reds’ trip to the Gunners will not be contested on Christmas Eve and will instead take place at Emirates Stadium two days earlier in order to accommodate live broadcast by Sky Sports, with kick-off set for 7.45pm.

“First and foremost, it is important to acknowledge that both the Premier League and Sky Sports have listened to the concerns that were expressed by fans and by ourselves and acted upon them,” said LFC chief executive, Peter Moore.

“It is to their credit that on this occasion they have shown themselves to be flexible and have come to a decision which we feel is preferable to asking our supporters to travel to London on Christmas Eve with all of the difficulties and potential problems that such an arrangement would have entailed.

“At Liverpool, we never take our supporters for granted and while we recognise that moving the fixture to a Friday night is more desirable than the alternative, we also realise that it is not an ideal solution for those who will be undertaking a testing journey to London at a particularly busy time of year.

“For that reason, we are looking to see what we can do to help those fans who are planning to make the trip and have already entered into dialogue with supporters’ representatives, including the Liverpool Supporters Trust/Spirit Of Shankly, in order to discuss the options that are available to us.”