Liverpool fixtures have been released for the 2014/15 Premier League campaign - and they open with a home clash against Southampton on August 16.
Brendan Rodgers will be looking to build on his side's impressive showing last season when they finished runners up, but face a difficult start with back-to-back away trips to champions Manchester City and Tottenham.
The Reds host Aston Villa on September 13 then travel back to London to take on West Ham United at Upton Park, before the first Merseyside derby of the season which sees Everton arrive at Anfield for a mouth-watering clash on September 27.
Opening 3 fixtures:
- Liverpool v Southampton
- Manchester City v Liverpool
- Tottenham v Liverpool
Few people expected Liverpool to challenge for the title last season, but under Rodgers's tutelage they surprised many by playing some of the most attractive and entertaining football in the division, with strike duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge drawing many plaudits for their fine goalscoring form.
If the Reds are to continue moving forward then they'll need both players firing on all cylinders, and games against West Bromwich Albion (H), Queens Park Rangers (A) and Hull City (H) in October will look like a good opportunity to get maximum points on the board.
The following month kicks off with a home clash against Chelsea on November 8 and then matches against Crystal Palace (A), Stoke City (H), newly-promoted Leicester City (A) and Sunderland (H) ahead of the busy Christmas period.
Christmas & New Year fixtures
- Manchester United v Liverpool (December 13)
- Liverpool v Arsenal (December 20)
- Burnley v Liverpool (December 26)
- Liverpool v Swansea City (December 28)
- Liverpool v Leicester City (January 1)
The turn of the year offers a run of relatively kind fixtures with Sunderland (A), Aston Villa (A) and West Ham (H) completing the month of January prior to the reverse Merseyside derby fixture which sees Liverpool travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton on February 7.
In a tough looking month the Reds also host Tottenham and Manchester City at home either side of a trip to St Mary's on February 21.
March and April is also a mixed bag of fixtures with an easier start and finish prior to and following back-to-back games against Manchester United (H) and Arsenal (A).
The business end of the season is always something that fans look out for, and Liverpool's run-in in the final month of the campaign looks encouraging, starting with a home clash against QPR on May 2 followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea seven days later.
The penultimate game - and final home fixture - sees Crystal Palace arrive at Anfield before a visit to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City on the final day, in what Reds fans will be hoping is a successful end to 2014/15.
Of course, at present all fixtures are only provisional and subject to change, with the Premier League sure to face a tough task pleasing the television demands placed on them by both Sky Sports and BT Sport.
Unlike last season Liverpool will also need to find a way of juggling domestic games with European football, having secured a return to the Champions League. It will be a tough ask for Brendan Rodgers and his players, but promises to provide many exciting days in the calendar.
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