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.
Manchester City played Wolves on Monday this week and the match did not end until 10:08 pm.
Talks were held on Wednesday between stakeholders, as first reported by Mail Online, and saw a deal agreed to bring kickoff forwards.
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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Johnson's new guidelines have been made just weeks after his government actively encouraged people to go out and take advantage of half-price meals.
On Tuesday, he laughably told the House of Commons that coronavirus infection rates were higher in Britain than in Italy or Germany because the UK is "a freedom-loving country," as he responded to criticism over the country's track and trace testing programme.
He would continue pointing his finger of blame at the public, stating: "It is very difficult to ask the British population uniformly to obey guidelines in the way that it is necessary."
On the subject of fans returning to stadia, Johnson said: "We have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events.
“So we will not be able to do this from October 1 and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities, and my right honourable friends the Chancellor and the Culture Secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them.”
In a statement, the Premier League declared themselves “disappointed".
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