Liverpool's EPL fixture list: Jurgen Klopp’s men handed tough start to 2016-17 Season
Liverpool handed a tough set of fixtures to begin with as Klopp prepares Liverpool for a crucial 2016/17 campaign.
Liverpool will start off their Premier League 2016-17 season with a series of tough games across the first two months, the first of which will be a tough away trip to Arsenal. The Premier League season starts off on the 13th of August this year and Liverpool it seems, have been meted out a fairly difficult schedule to begin with. Here’s a look at the fixtures overall.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will begin their campaign with an away trip to Arsenal at the Emirates followed by a home game against Burnley. The game against Burnley however, will find itself being changed into an away fixture for the Reds, who plan to ask the Premier League to affect the change owing to the ongoing redevelopment of Anfield which could continue well into the third week of the Premier League season.
Following those fixtures, August will end with a trip to White Hart Lane where Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur will be waiting for the Reds.
September will begin with a home game at Anfield against reigning Premier League champions, Leicester City with Chelsea away next in the pipeline.
It is this run of first five games continuing from August, should prove to be a really testing set of games for Jurgen Klopp’s side that will be playing after their first proper pre-season with the German coach. Liverpool could essentially end up dropping points, but should they end up with close to maximum points, the momentum could firmly swing in Liverpool’s favour for the rest of the season.
September will be rounded up with a game against freshly promoted Hull City at Anfield.
October sees Liverpool face off with Swansea City away, Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at home and Crystal Palace away. The October set of games, though tricky, could be a reasonable set for Klopp’s side with Crystal Palace away a potential banana peel out of the games this month.
The game against Manchester United could be a highlight of the first few months of the Premier League as Jose Mourinho, the man who effectively ended Liverpool’s title charge in 2013-14 in addition to a range of emotionally charged run-ins as Chelsea manager, will lead Liverpool’s arch rivals, Manchester United into Anfield right in the middle of his revolution at the Old Trafford club.
In November, the Reds will play thrice, two of which will be home games against Watford and Sunderland with a trip to the St. Mary’s Stadium sandwiched in the middle with Southampton waiting for them with their new manager probably in the dugout by then.
After a really stressful first few games, the fixtures seem to be reasonable during this phase as Liverpool should find themselves reasonably placed in the League should they hold their own during this time.
The festive period has never been quite merciful a time for any team in the Premier League but without the impending pain of European fixtures sandwiched in, Liverpool could find themselves better off than the rest of the teams with similar ambitions in this league.
However, Liverpool play six times this month which includes a run of four games in the first seventeen days. During this time, the Reds play away thrice to Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Everton in the Merseyside derby. In between the away trips to Bournemouth and Middlesbrough, there’s a game against Slaven Bilic’s resurgent West Ham United at Anfield.
The games around Boxing Day, will thankfully be home games for the Reds with Klopp facing Stoke City first on boxing day. On New Year’s Eve, however, Jurgen Klopp will reignite his rivalry with former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola as the Spaniard will take his Manchester City side to Anfield for the first time since his appointment. This could be the clash of the season for the Reds.