Liverpool face three consecutive away games to start Premier League campaign

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Liverpool will begin their 2016/17 Premier League campaign with three consecutive away games after Burnley accepted their request to swap their fixtures, allowing the construction work on the main stand at Anfield to be completed.

A report in the Daily Mail says that Burnley manager Sean Dyche has agreed to the swap, which will now see the newly promoted side play their first two games of the season at home.

In some observer's eyes, the game against Burnley represented Liverpool's best chance to claim three points early in the season.


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The Reds face a very testing start to the season, with away fixtures against London trio Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, along with a home fixture against reigning champions Leicester City.

With the reversal of the fixture, they will now have four of their first five games away, with the clash against the Foxes their first game at Anfield on September 10th.

Although these things are said to even out over the course of the season, making a strong start is vitally important, and it is a challenge for Jurgen Klopp and his squad to overcome.

The Reds faced a similarly daunting fixture list at the beginning of last season, and their sluggish start was a factor in Brendan Rodgers losing his job as they struggled to recover the lost ground.

Meanwhile, for Burnley, it represents the opportunity to make a strong start with the Liverpool clash following their home opener against Swansea City.

They also play fellow-promoted team Hull City at Turf Moor, after a clash away at Chelsea.

While their start in terms of home fixtures is friendly enough, the Clarets face a brutal stretch in late February and early March, where they play four consecutive away games which includes the re-arranged clash at Anfield.

It is a nice touch to see the two teams work out a compromise that suits both parties, and shows there is still plenty of goodwill in the ultra competitive world of the Premier League.

That feeling will naturally cease when they enter the field of battle against each other in mid August.

How high can Liverpool finish in the Premier League during Jurgen Klopp's first full season? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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