Five fixtures that could define Liverpool’s season

From the highs of 2013/14, Liverpool’s much-anticipated last campaign was one of disappointment. The loss of Luis Suarez last summer was a major blow, and even the £100m+ spend on the back of that deal garnered very little in the way of success. Big money arrivals flopped, Brendan Rodgers fell under pressure and the Champions League adventure ended before Christmas – not to mention the sixth-placed finish!

First up in 2015/26 Liverpool will get a chance to avenge that 6-1 final day drubbing with a trip to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, which is sure to be a match Rodgers is pumped up for after the embarrassment suffered last time out.

Bournemouth, Arsenal and West Ham are then opponents, but the trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on September 12 appears to be a big one. Louis van Gaal’s men limped over the line into fourth at Liverpool’s expense last term, and with the Red Devils having claimed six points from the two teams’ meetings, revenge is sure to be on the agenda.

The first fixture of October throws up Merseyside derby bragging rights. A trip across Goodison Park is hardly ever a guarantee of points, but the Reds’ impressive record in recent local fixtures is encouraging.

The return clash against Manchester United comes straight after a home tie against Arsenal in the middle of January, which could be two games that have a major say on what’s at stake over the closing months of the campaign. Wins may tee up a top four, maybe even title challenge, while losses may burst the bubble.

Spurs at home in April, again, looks like it could have a big impact on the final table, with the two sides traditional rivals in the table – last time out Mario Balotelli’s on league goal of the season settled matters at Anfield.

August

8 – Stoke City (A)
15 – Bournemouth (H)
22 – Arsenal (A)
29 – West Ham United (H)

September

12 – Manchester United (A)
19 – Norwich City (H)
26 – Aston Villa (H)

October

3 – Everton (A)
17 – Tottenham Hotspur (A)
24 – Southampton (H)
31 – Chelsea (A)

November

7 – Crystal Palace (H)
21 – Manchester City (A)
28 – Swansea City (H)

December

5 – Newcastle United (A)
12 – West Bromwich Albion (H)
19 – Watford (A)
26 – Leicester City (H)
28 – Sunderland (A)

January

2 – West Ham United (A)
12 – Arsenal (H)
16 – Manchester United (H)
23 – Norwich City (A)

February

2 – Leicester City (A)
6 – Sunderland (H)
13 – Aston Villa (A)
27 – Everton (H)

March

1 – Manchester City (H)
5 – Crystal Palace (A)
12 – Chelsea (H)
19 – Southampton (A)

April

2 – Tottenham Hotspur (H)
9 – Stoke City (H)
16 – Bournemouth (A)
23 – Newcastle United (H)
30 – Swansea City (A)

May

7 – Watford (H)
15 – West Bromwich Albion (A)

 


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