Journalist Ben Rumsby has claimed that Chelsea’s fixture against Liverpool next weekend could be in serious doubt due to the Queen’s scheduled funeral.

The Blues have been informed as well as the rest of football in this country that their fixture this weekend has been postponed out of respect of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away yesterday afternoon.

That has meant that the local derby against Fulham which was set to get this weekend’s set of fixtures underway will have to be rescheduled to another date, with the calendar already looking hectic amid the winter World Cup.

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Now, new manager Graham Potter will be preparing for his first match in charge of Chelsea to be his Champions League debut as well, with the match against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The game picks up even more significance than many Blues fans would’ve hoped after the embarrassing defeat in Croatia to Dinamo Zagreb last Tuesday, with that being the last match coached by Thomas Tuchel.

Major concerns about Chelsea Liverpool

The German was quickly replaced by Potter, who may have to wait even longer to get his first Premier League match in charge of the club under his belt.

This is because, according to Rumsby, the policing required for the Queen’s funeral next weekend in London could see club’s having issues putting on fixtures,

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He said: “Told there are major concerns about football fixtures taking place NEXT weekend due to the likelihood of police being redeployed en masse to London ahead of the Queen’s funeral.”

Facing Liverpool right now is likely to be one of the best times to play Jurgen Klopp’s men, with them in a real bad run of form both domestically and in Europe.

However, the timing may work out as a stroke of luck for the Blues, with Potter now potentially having nearly a month to work on things with only the Salzburg match to think about before the international break was already scheduled to put a halt on things as far as the Premier League is concerned.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.