Liverpool’s route to success has been mapped out with the release of the 2022/23 Premier League fixtures, with their fate now in their own hands – starting against a promoted side once more.
With another near-miss in the title race last season, Liverpool will have plenty of fire in their belly to go one better and they have 38 matches to navigate to do just that.
Here are six key things we spotted from the Reds’ 2022/23 Premier League schedule.
On the road, start and finish
It also means it is the fourth year in succession that the Reds have started against a promoted team, the Championship champions no less – with Norwich (2019/20, 2021/22) and Leeds (2020/21) coming before them, the Reds won each of those games.
But while they start away from home, they also finish away from Anfield too with a trip to Southampton closing out the season on May 28 – it just doesn’t feel right.
We’ll have to get the title wrapped up on the final home game the week before… against Aston Villa. Stevie can join in the celebrations ;-)
A familiar Man City schedule
Does it always feel like Liverpool make a trip to Man City every April? Well, for the last few years that has been the case and it is again in 2022/23.
It means Klopp’s side will host City first, on October 15, and then face a long wait before they meet again on the weekend of April 1.
The double-header is of utmost importance for Liverpool as they must take more points off Pep Guardiola’s side this time around, they cannot afford to call it even and let the rest of the league try and take the points off for them.
When you add the Champions League to the agenda…
With less time to see out the season thanks to the World Cup, it’s another taxing year ahead and the Reds don’t necessarily have it easy in and around the Champions League group stage.
It adds another layer of complexity and demands on Klopp’s squad, but they showed they have what it takes to successfully navigate challenges across all competitions and they’ll need the same in 2022/23.
The World Cup break
With the World Cup in Qatar coming in the middle of the domestic season, the Premier League will come to a halt on the weekend of November 12/13 before resuming on Boxing Day.
On the face of it, they appear favourable fixtures to end the first part of the season and on a return that could still have some players absent, should they be handed extra time to recover.
A favourable run-in…
While the Premier League can throw up one curveball after another, Liverpool’s finish to the season is one that can be considered favourable.
At this stage, on paper, it’s favourable with no ‘big six’ team to face and it’s up to Liverpool to make sure there is nothing to worry about.
Get the away games boxed off early
It makes for an intriguing start to the campaign and one with heightened importance on feeling at home on the road from the off, Liverpool know all too well the price of even a few dropped points.
On the flip side, the aforementioned quintet then all have to make the journey to Anfield in 2023 and Klopp’s side have readily been able to put on the afterburners at that stage of the campaign.
Let’s hope they can carry it all the way through. Bring it on.