The upcoming Premier League campaign is set to be the best in decades.
Pre-season after pre-season, Premier League fans all over the world get into fervent anticipation with the thought of kick off, but this pre-season raises the excitement that much further.
Liverpool fans have traditionally been known to lift up the volume during this time. Perhaps this year warrants something to be loud about.
On August 17, Liverpool kick off their campaign at home to Stoke City; nothing less than three points are expected from that encounter.
The highlight of the opening months though comes on the September 1 when David Moyes comes to Anfield with his new team that are if not more important than the city rivals he once managed.
The Manchester United clash will be a strong signal for both outfits. For United, a win will assure they stay on the right path towards the apex of the Premier League.
On the other hand, a win for Brendan Rodgers and his Liverpool team will kick start an impetus that will take the team into September where Swansea City, Southampton, and Sunderland await. Nine points here will not seem impossible to the most modest of Reds' supporters.
In all respect, the next big challenge for Liverpool comes on November 2 with a trip to The Emirates to face a surely-improved Arsenal.
The 23rd brings a tricky trip across the road to Goodison Park to face Everton. So, will it be safe to say that The Reds should be somewhere near the top of The League coming into December?
The Liverpool answer to that question is never that simple.
The persistent problem is that no game is a guaranteed win. In reality, no game is.
But the chances of Jose Mourinho losing to Norwich at Stamford Bridge is almost nothing; possible but not likely. So if Liverpool can convert that probability win ratio to actual wins, they will be at or near the top come November.
December though comes the real test! On the 14th Liverpool travel to Tottenham Hotspur, where a win is very hard to come by. The next two away games are Manchester City on Boxing Day, and Chelsea just two days later.
2013; will it make or break Liverpool?
History seems to go against The Reds. It seems definite that if Liverpool do keep Luis Suarez, they will challenge for those desired Champions League places in 2014.
Rodgers again reiterated that Suarez remains a vital cog in The Anfield machine and that he will not leave this summer.
With a few weeks to go before season kick off, our ears will be turned to any news from this saga.
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