The 2019/20 campaign is going to be a busy one for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp with The Reds looking to defend their Champions League title and challenge for the Premier League (PL) once again.
It all starts with six games in August so Klopp and his backroom team will be working hard to have as many of the first-team squad members fit and ready to go.
Liverpool play Manchester City in the traditional curtain-raiser to the season, the Community Shield, at Wembley Stadium on August 4th.
The following weekend, The Reds really get down to business as they play in the first live PL game of the season. Liverpool welcome Norwich City to Anfield on Friday, August 9th at 8pm.
The Canaries were promoted as winners of the Championship, five points clear of Sheffield United. Norwich scored an average of over two goals per game and conceded more than one per game in 2018/19 so fans can expect plenty of goals on Merseyside that night. Verdict: Liverpool win
Five days later, Liverpool play Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final – a fixture between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League – in Istanbul, Turkey.
While it’s a one-off game giving a chance of some more silverware, in reality, the European Super Cup is little more than another money-spinner for UEFA. Hopefully, Klopp uses this opportunity to give some game-time to squad players and not risk injury to the regular first-teamers.
On Saturday, August 17th, Liverpool travel to play Southampton at St Mary’s. The Reds were made to work hard for their 3-1 win at the same ground close to the end of last season and this could well be another tricky encounter.
Southampton have brought in Che Adams from Birmingham City while Danny Ings has also completed his permanent transfer to the south-coast club.
The Saints avoided relegation by five points in 2018/19. However, Ralph Hasenhuttl will have had a full pre-season completed with his side for the first time, having arrived just last December to replace the outgoing Mark Hughes. Verdict: Draw
A week later, Liverpool will play Arsenal at Anfield. Unai Emery’s squad will no longer contain Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck or David Ospina.
Under Klopp, The Reds have won three and drawn one of their four home meetings with The Gunners. Last season, a Roberto Firmino hat-trick was the highlight of a fantastic 5-1 victory for Liverpool.
There have been 20 goals in those four Anfield games since January 2016 so another exciting game is in store when they meet in August. Klopp should maintain his unbeaten record against Arsenal. Verdict: Liverpool win
Liverpool’s final game in August is away to Burnley. Sean Dyche will be without Stephen Ward who has joined Stoke City on a free transfer. Also, Peter Crouch was released by the club and is now a free agent.
A hard-fought 3-1 win for Liverpool was the end result of a pulsating fixture back in early December. Burnley’s progress under Dyche seems to have stalled or maybe he just took them as far as they could go with their 7th-place finish in May 2018. Either way, anything other than a win here would be a poor result for The Reds. Verdict: Liverpool win