Liverpool Under-23s have found out who their first opponents will be this season, following the release of the new Premier League 2 fixtures.
Much of the current focus may be on Jurgen Klopp and the senior side’s upcoming campaign, but the U23s are also about to embark on a new season.
Neil Critchley‘s team will be looking to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish in Premier League 2, which saw Merseyside rivals Everton clinch the title.
The young Reds’ fixtures have been released ahead of 2019/20, with Critchley’s side opening their league account with a home meeting against Tottenham on 10 August.
With Liverpool playing Norwich in the Premier League the previous evening, it gives the U23s an opportunity to take centre stage on the Saturday.
Liverpool’s academy in Kirkby will host the game against Spurs, which could see Nat Phillips, Curtis Jones and Ben Woodburn all feature, having been demoted from the senior squad by Klopp.
A trip to Chelsea (19 August) follows, where Liverpool will play at Stamford Bridge – a great chance to impress on a grander stage – before they visit Southampton (26 August) seven days later.
Man City make the trip down the M62 on 31 August to complete the schedule for the opening month.
The first mini-derby against Everton takes place on 3 November at the academy, while the season ends at home to Leicester on 3 May, on what is hopefully a triumphant occasion.
It will be another fascinating season in the academy, as numerous youngsters look to impress enough to earn a first-team call-up.
Rhian Brewster looks guaranteed to be a fixture in Klopp’s squad, acting as inspiration to those looking to make the grade, while new signings Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott have travelled to Evian for the senior side’s training camp.
In addition to the Premier League 2, the Reds’ U23s will compete in the Premier League International Cup and Premier League Cup, plus eligible U21 players could feature in the EFL Trophy.
Liverpool are hoping three home fixtures for the U23s will be played at Anfield this season.
Full fixture list for Liverpool U23s
Saturday 10 – Tottenham Hotspur (H): 2pm BST, at Kirkby Academy.
Monday 19 – Chelsea (A): 7pm, at Stamford Bridge.
Monday 26 – Southampton (A): 7pm, at Staplewood Training Ground.
Saturday 31- Manchester City (H): 1pm, at Kirkby Academy.
Saturday 14 – Derby County (H): 3pm, at Kirkby Academy.
Friday 20 – Leicester City (A): 7pm, at Holmes Park.
Saturday 28 – Arsenal (A): 1pm, at Boreham Wood FC.
Sunday 20 – Wolves (H): 2pm, at Kirkby Academy.
Friday 25 – Blackburn Rovers (A): 7pm, at Ewood Park.
Sunday 3 – Everton (H): 2pm GMT, at Kirkby Academy.
Friday 22 – Brighton and Hove Albion (A): 7pm, at Amex Performance Centre.
Friday 6 – Tottenham Hotspur (A): 12pm, at Tottenham Hotspur Academy.
Sunday 15 – Chelsea (H): 2pm, at Kirkby Academy.
Monday 6 – Manchester City (A): 7pm, at City Football Academy.
Monday 13 – Southampton (H): 7pm, at Kirkby Academy.
Sunday 2 – Arsenal (H): 1pm, at Kirkby Academy.
Monday 17 – Wolves (A): 7pm, at AFC Telford United.
Monday 2 – Blackburn Rovers (H): 7pm, at Kirkby Academy.
Monday 16 – Everton (A): 7pm, at Southport FC.
Sunday 5 – Brighton and Hove Albion (H): 2pm BST, at Kirkby Academy.
Friday 17 – Derby County (A): 7pm, at Pride Park.
Sunday 3 – Leicester City (H): 2pm, at Kirkby Academy.
Match days and times may be changed.