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Liverpool will face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals while Tottenham take on Ajax.
The first legs will be on April 30 for Spurs, while Liverpool head to the Nou Camp on May 1.
The return fixtures take play on May 7 for Liverpool and May 8 for Tottenham’s trip to Amsterdam.
Liverpool were due to face Newcastle on Sunday May 5, just two days before their crunch second leg with Barcelona.
But that Premier League clash has been brought forward to May 4, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm.
Tottenham were meant to be taking part in Monday Night Football with Bournemouth on May 6, but that game has also been moved to the Saturday before.
They will now kick off on the south coast at 12.30pm.
The news comes after Liverpool boss Klopp had called on the Premier League to try and help English teams in Europe.
The Eredivisie have decided to postpone a whole round of weekend fixtures for two and a half weeks to help Ajax.
Klopp had said: “The Dutch league had a problem because for the last two match days, everyone plays at the same time.
“We would have thought they’d change [the Dutch fixtures] to the Saturday but they didn’t do that, I don’t know why.
“Would something like that happen in England? No, I don’t think it would happen here or in Germany, to be 100 per cent honest.
“I think the Premier League should support teams.
“We now have four teams in the semi-finals in Europe and that is a big number.”
Liverpool face two Premier League matches before their first meeting with Barcelona, travelling to Cardiff on Sunday.
“A lot of people at the moment, when they think about Liverpool, they immediately think about Barcelona,” Klopp added.
“But before Barcelona it’s Cardiff and Huddersfield , and that’s of exactly the same importance as the other game after that.”