6 Games Liverpool Fans Most Want to Win

Nathan JudahCorrespondent IJune 20, 2012

6 Games Liverpool Fans Most Want to Win

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    It would be a slight understatement to say it was a disappointing season at Anfield.

    Too many poor displays, off the field problems, injuries and an abject manager all contributed to their worst league campaign since 1954.

    Thankfully changes have been made behind the scenes by the Fenway Sports Group that will surely improve results on the pitch.

    How people ever thought Kenny Dalglish would be a success thirty years later still astounds me—but you live and learn. In Brendan Rodgers, they have a chance to start again and challenge for that coveted Champions League spot.

    These great fans have had to put up with mediocrity for far too long—they deserve some league success.

    Here are six games the Scouser's want to win the most

West Brom (A) August 18

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    You may question why this game is on the list, but it's a hugely important one for fans.

    It's the opening day game at the Hawthorns, and it is Brendan Rodger's first competitive game in charge.

    There will be some nerves and plenty of anticipation as the season gets underway but at the same time, if Liverpool are to finally challenge—they must win games like this.

    A draw is simply not good enough.

    As the season unfolds, there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way, but there has been too many times when the Reds have dropped points when being big favourites.

    A dominating result would set a positive tone going into the first home game with new champions Manchester City.

Manchester City (H) August 25

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    Another Manchester power has emerged, and it's time to make a statement and send them back on the M62 with their tails firmly between their legs.

    Their first three games don't come much harder (Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United) and a big win against the Champions will create a massive feel-good factor on Merseyside.

    Liverpool only won six home games last year, and that is just not acceptable for a team that should be challenging every season.

    Fans will love the likes of Balotelli and Suarez going head to head. Getting the first W on the board at the expense of the Mancunians will be extremely sweet.

    They need to make Anfield a fortress again, and that means beating the likes of Norwich, Swansea, Aston Villa and West Brom—who all took points away last year.

Spurs (A) November 27

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    This was a watershed game for Liverpool fans last year and perhaps a sign of things to come.

    Goals from Modric, Defoe and a brace for Adebayor capped a dismal afternoon for Dalglish's high profile signings.

    They never quite recovered from that game under the live Sky Sports camera, but revenge is a meal best served cold.

    Spurs should have qualified for the Champions League after finishing fourth, but saw their hopes dashed with Chelsea's penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich.

    Tottenham will again be challenging for that spot, and will be a big rival for the Reds should they make a realistic challenge.

    With the game coming early in the season—a win would represent the perfect opportunity for the fans to really get excited at the possibility of a big year.

Everton (A) October 27

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    An obvious one—the Merseyside derby does not need any hype—it means so much to every Liverpudlian.

    But if any extra incentive is needed to travel to Goodison and win, the fact their arch-rivals finished above them this season is plenty!

    That will have left a bad taste in every fan's mouth during the off season, and they will want to put that particular anomaly right as soon as possible.

    Goals from Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez were enough to give the visitors a comfortable victory last October and a result of similar nature will send the fans home happy once again.

    It's not an easy start for Rodgers but if he can get through the first couple of months with some good wins, plenty will be optimistic about a big season.

Swansea (A) November 24

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    Plenty of subplots in this fixture with Brendan Rodgers returning to his old club for the first time.

    Liverpool could well have Gylfi Sigurdsson in their ranks too—adding a little more spice to the encounter.

    A poor 0-0 draw at Anfield was followed up by a 1-0 defeat at the Liberty Stadium on the final day of the season.

    Fans will certainly have unfinished business in Wales and will want to regain some lost pride—especially with their new man at the helm.

Manchester United (H) September 22

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    Add the biggest rivalry in the EPL to the biggest ongoing controversy of last season, mix in 40,000 plus screaming fans and you have the most important game of the 2012/13 season for the fans.

    When the fixture list comes out, every Liverpool fan immediately looks to the Manchester United home and away fixtures and makes sure their diary is completely free.

    Two huge games that can make or break a season—there always seems to be plenty riding on both these high profile fixtures.

    But the game at Anfield will be the first since the handshake that never was following the Evra/Suarez racism row.

    It's sure to be a feisty encounter and one that would mean everything to fans should they come away with three points.