Liverpool have made an official announcement about the Newcastle match, following concerns due to the weather.
They advise fans ‘to take extra care’ when travelling to the match but say ‘Saturday’s game against Newcastle United is planned to go ahead as normal’.
Unlike days gone by, very few top tier matches are ever postponed in England due to the weather.
With pitches much improved and decent drainage/undersoil heating, it would take something special for a game to be called off now.
Back in December 2010 Liverpool had a home game with Fulham called off because ‘The conditions around the stadium and further afield for people travelling to the match are such that the decision was taken, following Police advice on safety grounds, to postpone the game.’
However, with the forecast not suggesting the weather will get any worse than it already is, I’m sure Liverpool in conjunction with the local authorities, will make sure the areas surrounding Anfield are cleared and safe.
So with fans having plenty of notice that weather conditions aren’t ideal, unlike a situation where there is a sudden deluge on the morning of a match, supporters will be expected to make plans ahead of the match on how to approach getting there.
As Liverpool point out, strike action on the railways won’t be helping regardless of the weather on Saturday.
The simple fact is as well, these days it is far more difficult to find dates to play rearranged matches, as Newcastle are finding out with the now postponed Tottenham game.
Liverpool, like Tottenham, have a packed schedule with Champions League midweek dates, plus especially with it being a live televised match, it means there is even more money riding on the game going ahead.
Good luck and stay safe if you are heading down on Saturday.
Liverpool Official Statement:
‘Due to the inclement weather forecast over the coming days, Liverpool FC would like to remind supporters to take extra care when travelling to Anfield and encourage fans to plan their journey in advance.
Supporters are advised to arrive early at the stadium and check the Merseytravel and Merseyrail websites for any updates before they travel.
Fans should also be aware of planned strike action by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union. The planned action will cause significant disruption to Merseyrail and Northern rail services on Saturday March 3, 2018. A reduced Merseyrail service will be in place between 7am and 7pm.
Saturday’s game against Newcastle United is planned to go ahead as normal.
Supporters travelling from Newcastle should also be mindful of potential travel disruption across roads and the wider transport network as the inclement weather is expected to mostly affect the east of the country. Visit nufc.co.uk for more information.’