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Well, the 2012-13 Premier League fixture list has not given Brendan Rodgers the easiest of starts; that is for sure.
After an opener against West Brom—now managed by last season's assistant boss, Steve Clarke—Liverpool face Manchester City, Arsenal, Sunderland and Manchester United in their next four matches.
It would be easy to say the opening five weeks of the season will define how successful or otherwise the Reds are this term, but it won't be that straightforward.
Of course, confidence could soar or take a battering dependent on those early results, but both players and managers alike will know that this is merely the beginning of a journey which is going to take time.
Hopefully, some of the fans can remember that too.
Should Liverpool hit their stride before Christmas, December looks like a month where the Reds can—or at least should—take an awful lot of points.
Southampton (h), West Ham (a), Aston Villa (h), Fulham (h), Stoke City (a) and QPR (a) will all seem like games where Liverpool should be looking for victory, though the away games have their own difficulties as always.
Into the final stretch, Liverpool's last month of league football sees them face Chelsea, Newcastle United and Everton, three possible rivals for a spot high up in the league, and finish with London duo Fulham and QPR.
The Merseyside derbies are on October 27 (Goodison) and May 4 (Anfield).