Liverpool will see their 2021/22 season start on the road and end at Anfield, and fans were abuzz with the stars aligning once more with the campaign to kick off at Norwich.
The outline for the new campaign is now upon us, it’s just up to Liverpool as to how it will all unfold and the beauty of fixture release day is that anything is possible.
It’s a clean slate after a turbulent year for Jurgen Klopp‘s men, where they had to dig deep to ensure Champions League football could return for the fifth consecutive campaign.
Norwich presents the first hurdle to overcome before Anfield gets its first taste of action against Burnley and then Chelsea, whereas the festive period is to prove a tough one.
And it left plenty for fans to contemplate, especially considering the return of supporters.
Starting against Norwich was a good omen in 2019/20, so why not this time around too?
Liverpool played Norwich in the first match of the 2019-20 Premier League season and won the league, again we are playing our first match against Norwich, this means we are winning the league
— Football Sir (@FootballSir1) June 16, 2021
Norwich on opening day? 20 is coming home. pic.twitter.com/l9kPGkFE74
— ? (@lfcxtn) June 16, 2021
Last time we started a season against Norwich….. pic.twitter.com/CeWNIV9DGs
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) June 16, 2021
Liverpool getting Norwich first day it's 2020 all over again no 20 is coming home
— saurabh (@saurabh463) June 16, 2021
We always seem to play the Championship Winners on the first day, so yeah, lock it in
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) June 16, 2021
I was at Anfield the last time Liverpool played Norwich City in their season opener. They went on to win the league that season. Grant Hanley’s own goal opened the scoring as Liverpool won 4-1. pic.twitter.com/4j17OoRFGS
— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) June 16, 2021
3 – For a third consecutive season, Liverpool will face newly promoted opposition in their opening Premier League match of the season – they've scored exactly four goals in each of the previous two (4-1 vs Norwich in 2019-20, 4-3 vs Leeds in 2020-21). Confident.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 16, 2021
Last time Liverpool started a Premier League season against Norwich, or ended one against Wolves, worked out pretty well. pic.twitter.com/qXD8oyWegh
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) June 16, 2021
The festive period was met with mixed reactions, with some tough away trips…
18 – Tottenham (A)
26 – Leeds (H)
?28 – Leicester City (A)
Jan: 1 – Chelsea (A)
Heavy that Festive period for #LFC
— Spion Kop (@TheKopHQ) June 16, 2021
The festive period looks dastardly ? https://t.co/a5aSAFrpXH
— Liam T ? ?x19 (@LiamT_LFC) June 16, 2021
“Superb boxing day game. Chelsea NY’s a pain but at least it’s a normal train service. Good run in to #20!”
– KloppiteE on This Is Anfield
“That 2 week period of Tottenham, Leicester, Leeds, Chelsea around Christmas is horrible. 3 away games in that time run as well.”
– Macca17 on This Is Anfield
Fixture list looks good. Very evenly distributed. For December I think all are guaranteed wins if liverpool are in form.
— Sayam Ghosh (@SayamG8) June 16, 2021
Home games against Villa, Newcastle and Leeds then away games against Spurs, Leicester and Chelsea don't make for the easiest Christmas fixtures. But sure we wouldn't have it any other way makes for the best time #LFC
— Gemma (@96Gems) June 16, 2021
But the general consensus was one of excitement for what is ahead…
That looks one of the better fixture lists Liverpool have had in recent years.
Also, this fella is back for them #LFC pic.twitter.com/T7NK1K2uL0
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) June 16, 2021
Fixtures are okay all round. Start, middle and run-in
— LFCZA ?? (@LFCZA) June 16, 2021
“Pretty decent fixtures. Let’s go Reds. I didn’t want Jan 1st game but it’s inevitable, awesome Boxing day game too. Jam-packed December with AFCON coming in Jan, fingers crossed.”
– Akshay on This Is Anfield
Good start, tough Xmas, not bad finish
— Lee Mills (@LeeMills5928374) June 16, 2021
Liverpool’s fixture list is actually really good this year.
The tough fixtures are spread out pretty well imo. #FixtureReleaseDay
— ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) June 16, 2021
#Liverpool have a fairly spread out fixture for next season tbh. Norwich away 1st game. Face Chelsea, Leeds, city and United in the first 10 games. December looks stacked and tricky as always, ending the season at home to wolves. Bring a couple of players in and we should be good
— Meanish (@MrBazingaa) June 16, 2021
With just 59 days until the next season gets underway, there’s plenty to be optimistic about for what could soon be around the corner!