The fixture list for the 2016/17 Premier League season has been released and Liverpool face Arsenal away in the first game of the season.
You know it’s the off season when the release of a fixture list gets you buzzing. In all seriousness, it is quite exciting. Liverpool face Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea in the first three away games of the season.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the FA are employing Sepp Blatter’s tactics when it comes to rigging fixtures with Liverpool’s fixture list hardly a walk in the park. Nonetheless, you have to play the ‘big-boys’ (not you West Ham) at some point in time.
Arsenal (away) – 13 August
It’s understandable that there are more more important games for the club than a trip to North London, however, if Liverpool can cut down a team as big as Arsenal in the very first game of the season it will set the right tone for the season. Furthermore, the hype from the off season will mean that a big game in the very first match-week will be bursting with electricity.
Manchester United (home) – 15 October
The first clash of the season between Liverpool and Manchester United will be at the renovated Anfield. Klopp will no doubt look to thwart Jose Mourinho in the opening months of his tenure as United boss. Regardless of what the context may be when we reach October, the game should be a cracker. It can’t get much worse than last season’s first meeting between the two sides when Martin Tyler almost wet himself over Anthony Martial’s debut goal.
Everton (away) – 17 Decemeber
The first Merseyside derby of the season won’t be until a week before Christmas. A trip across Stanley Park to Goodison lays the setting. If Klopp can replicate his first game against Everton, a 4-0 domination back in April, then Liverpool fans will be in for a treat.
Manchester City (home) – 31 December
On New Years Eve, it will likely be during the day not in the evening, Liverpool host Manchester City. Pep Guardiola will be nearing his sixth month in charge of the Manchester club. In recent years, clashes with City have held a lot of significance. The most notable clash being back in 2014 when Philippe Coutinho capitalized on a Vincent Kompany error to keep Liverpool’s title hopes alive.
Tottenham Hotspur (home) – 11 February
The final game to look forward to will be against Mauricio Pochettino’s Totteham who just missed out on the Premier League last season. Liverpool are undergoing a similar transition that the Londoners have already. This clash could signify as a gauge of how far Liverpool have progressed.
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