Steven Gerrard’s emotional return to Anfield will NOT be televised … with the December 11 clash between Liverpool and Aston Villa not chosen for Sky or BT coverage (but fans will enjoy Brentford-Watford instead!)
Fans will miss out on seeing Steven Gerrard’s emotional return to Anfield as Aston Villa manager, after BT Sport and Sky Sports chose not to show the game live.
Gerrard was named Villa’s boss on Thursday morning, and his fifth match in charge will see him travel to the North West to face his beloved Liverpool.
It is a clash that would attract a large number of television viewers, but unfortunately for British television rights holders Sky and BT, the matches have already been chosen for December, and Liverpool vs Villa is not among them.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been appointed Aston Villa’s new manager
Gerrard will return to Anfield as Villa’s boss for his fifth game in charge on December 11.
However, television selections have already been made and the game will not be televised in the UK.
WHAT’S ON TELEVISION INSTEAD?
Friday 8:00 pm: Brentford vs Watford (Sky)
Saturday 12:30 pm: Man City vs Wolves (BT)
Saturday 5:30 pm: Norwich vs Man Utd (Sky)
Sunday 2:00 pm: Leicester vs Newcastle (Sky)
Sunday 4pm: Palace vs Everton (Sky)
Instead, Sky will show Brentford vs. Watford on Friday night, before Norwich vs. Manchester United as their Saturday night match, and a Super Sunday double-game of Leicester vs. Newcastle and Crystal Palace vs. Everton.
BT, meanwhile, has Saturday’s lunchtime game between Manchester City and Wolves.
Liverpool vs Villa is Saturday at 3pm, which means it will be part of the UK live television blackout, leaving radio commentary as the only way to enjoy the game live, with highlights from the TV on the Game of the Day later that night.
Sportsmail They have reached out to the Premier League for comment.
A similar situation occurred with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, with the move happening after the TV selections and therefore not selected by BT or Sky.
Gerrard is a Liverpool legend who played for them 710 times in a 17-year span, winning the Champions League in 2005, as well as two FA Cups and three League Cups.
He replaced Dean Smith as Aston Villa boss on Thursday, following a successful three-and-a-half-year stint at Rangers, in which he brought them back to the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Gerrard won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and played more than 700 games for the club.
His move to Villa ends a successful stint at Rangers, in which he won the league.
Gerrard celebrates after scoring against Aston Villa, the club he now manages, in 2007