The English Premier League fixtures for 2023/24 have been released and it seems the Liverpool comeback tour will kick off with three points away against Chelsea. While the E-Fans continue to moan about a transfer window that is only a couple of days old and ask ridiculous hypothetical questions about whether we would have we would have signed Alexis Mac Allister for 70 million or not, the match going fans are scanning the new fixture lists and planning for the year ahead.
The biggest surprise of the opening day is that Liverpool will not to be facing a newly promoted team. Given how things have panned out in recent times it looked odds on that an away trip to Luton Town would be how we kicked off the new season. Instead we will face new Chelsea coach Mauricio Pochettino and the 1 billion GBP squad that he didn’t buy. For many this is seen as a game The Reds will probably lose. However, I see it as an easy three points. Poch has a very particualr style of high energy, high press football that takes time to implement and needs the buy in of the entire squad to work. Unfortunately for Chelsea I feel that one summer will not be enough to implement the style and to weed out the players that can’t or won’t do what Poch is asking of them and Liverpool will cash in.
Other notable fixtures will see us play Everton at Anfield in October and defending Champions Manchester City in November. But for me I always worry about the run in first. As we all know league titles can be won or lost in the last five or six weeks of the season and for Liverpool the last few games look favourable.
It’s going to be a tough battle to close the gap on City, but they will hopefully have a treble hangover and will be losing a few players as they look to restructure just a bit and may have a slow start to the year. If so it will be up to us to capitalise and put pressure on Pep Guardiola. If we can start well and consistently beat the teams in the bottom half of the table then anything is truly possible.
I am going against the doom and gloom of social media and predict a top two finish for Jurgen Klopp and the mighty reds next season.