The fixtures for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign have now been released, and Liverpool face the Championship winners for the third season running on opening day.
The new season is set to begin on August 14, with less than two months to wait before Premier League action returns.
After the disappointment of an injury-ravaged 2020/21, Jurgen Klopp will be looking to restore his side to title contenders once more, with a genuine hope of becoming champions again.
There are 38 games in their way of that goal, however, and the fixture list throws up a number of interesting scenarios.
Here are six things we spotted from Liverpool’s 2021/22 Premier League calendar.
Another newly promoted opener?!
For the third year in a row, Liverpool will kick off the campaign against the Championship winners, with this time a reverse of the 2019/20 opener – away to Norwich.
That time at Anfield, the Reds put four past the Canaries, which they also did against Leeds last season on the way to a 4-3 victory.
Of course, the last opening-day win over Norwich set Liverpool on course for the Premier League title…
A first-ever trip
Brentford’s triumph in the playoff final made them the 50th different side to play in the Premier League, with the Bees back in the top flight for the first time since 1946/47.
A lot has changed since then, with the club now employing the Moneyball formula to real success, including Ivan Toney, the first player to be involved in 40 goals or more in a single English league season since Mo Salah.
Liverpool haven’t played Brentford since 1989, and will visit their new Brentford Community Stadium for the first time ever on September 25.
That tough festive run…
With three of those games on the road, it could be a big test of Liverpool’s title credentials.
The winter break returns!
This season should see a return to normalcy after two campaigns interrupted by an ongoing pandemic, with full stadiums back and the calendar less congested.
One of the main benefits of this is that the winter break – effectively scrapped last term – will be back, and no games are scheduled between Crystal Palace (A) on January 22 and Leicester (H) on February 9.
A pivotal Merseyside derby?
If Liverpool are gunning for the title in the final months of the season, all eyes will be on Anfield on April 23, for the Merseyside derby.
Everton were able to delay their rivals’ coronation with a 0-0 draw at Goodison towards the end of 2019/20 – if Liverpool are to be champions this time around, the hope will be that they can earn a derby double on the way.
Also of note is that the away derby at Goodison is a midweek night match, in late November.
The Anfield closer
Denied a title lift in front of the fans in 2019/20, Liverpool will end another season in which they will hope to battle for pole position playing to a packed-out Anfield.
It would be the perfect backdrop for the trophy to return to Merseyside – and a parade would surely be sanctioned this time around if so.
Bring it on home, Reds.