The Premier League fixture list has been announced, it feels like Christmas. We haven’t seen the Reds kick a ball in what feels like an eternity, now we have something to look forward to. With the calendar now there for everybody to see we’ve taken a look at the key fixtures and run ins to give our verdict on the Liverpool fixture list.
Liverpool start their season by welcoming newly promoted Leeds United.
Typically, playing the best team in the Championship on the opening day isn’t cause for concern. However, this Leeds side are perhaps the strongest team to come up from the second division for some time.
Having said that, they haven’t had to compete against a side like Jürgen Klopp’s yet. To face Leeds on the opening day as opposed to when they’ve found their feet should benefit the Reds.
After taking on Leeds we have Chelsea away and Arsenal at home. Given that Frank Lampard will be looking to bed in a number of new signings it is, once again, beneficial to play them early, they hopefully won’t be coordinated enough yet to deal with the gegenpress.
Arsenal at home is a guaranteed three points. End of.
The title deciders
Liverpool taking on City is of the utmost significance when it comes to deciding the Premier League title.
The first game between the two sides is on the 7th of November at the Etihad Stadium.
It works in our favour to play them away first as we have home advantage during the business end of the season, playing them at Anfield on the 6th of February.
The winter period is where titles are won and lost, when the fixtures start piling up and squad depth, grit and desire are all that matters.
For two years in a row Liverpool have won every single one of their December games.
They should repeat the feat this season as they take on Wolves at home, Fulham away, Spurs at home, Crystal Palace away, West Brom at home and Newcastle United away.
These are all games the Reds would be expected to win comfortably, previously Spurs may have posed some opposition but we can’t look past Liverpool here.
Squeaky bum time
Liverpool’s closing fixtures shouldn’t cause Jürgen Klopp too much trouble.
Of the Red’s last six games only Manchester United away, our 34th game, is a question mark.
The Liverpool fixture list ends with Crystal Palace at home, the Eagles aren’t thought to be fighting relegation or battling for the European places, we can’t see them having anything to play for on the final day.
These Reds are unstoppable, it would have taken ending the season with away ties against Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and the 1970 Brazil side to give us any cause for concern.
By the looks of it the fixtures have panned out perfectly for Jürgen Klopp’s side to retain their crown.
One interesting note is that Manchester City finish the season with a home tie to Everton. Previously this would have been a worry, if it goes down to the wire that is.
However, Carlo Ancelotti has a fantastic relationship with Jürgen Klopp and a manager of his calibre isn’t going to roll over to appease bitter fans.