Liverpool may have gained an early advantage in their latest pursuit of Premier League title glory, as they prepare to face Fulham on the opening weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday August 6 where they will face newly-promoted Marco Silva’s side, who finished last season as Championship winners.
Compared to their title rivals, the Reds have perhaps the most generous game on paper.
Fulham will no doubt be pumped up and ready for the challenge after sealing their return to the Premier League, but watching Manchester United and Man City matches it’s clear there’s a good chance of stealing a early march to the top for the Reds.
Erik ten Hag will start his United tenure with a game against Brighton at Old Trafford, a tricky game against a side that are aiming to crack the top eight this season.
In fact, this game on Sunday August 7 will be the sixth consecutive home game the Red Devils have won on the opening day of the season – the longest current streak of any Premier League side.
As for City, Pep Guardiola’s side are arguably involved in the biggest game of the opening weekend when they travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham.
City have failed to win on their last three trips to east London, drawing their last two Premier League games and losing on penalties in the League Cup last season.
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Such a tricky game for Guardiola’s side only underlines the generous opening Liverpool have received, but it’s not the first time the Reds have had more than their fair share of luck.
Liverpool are the first side in top-flight history to face a newly-promoted side in their first league game of the season in four consecutive seasons.
This includes facing Norwich in 2019/20, Leeds in 2020/21, Norwich again in 2021/22 and now Fulham in 2022/23.
Of course, no advantage is granted in the Premier League fixture list, with each club having to play each of their 19 opponents twice during the season.
But Klopp will no doubt be looking to get off to a strong start as he looks to win the title again.
Liverpool won’t have to wait long for their first major derby clash.
The Reds travel to take on Man United on Saturday August 20 and then host Man City on the weekend of Saturday October 15.
They will then face United at Anfield on the weekend of Saturday March 4 before traveling to Man City on the weekend of April 1.
Merseyside’s first derby against Everton of the new season will take place on September 3 at Goodison Park, with the reverse game scheduled for the weekend of February 11, 2023.
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