10 Key Fixtures for Liverpool in the 2014/15 Season

Matt Ladson@mattladsonFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2014

10 Key Fixtures for Liverpool in the 2014/15 Season

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    The Premier League fixtures for season 2014/15 were released this morning, with Liverpool beginning their campaign at home to Southampton.

    After finishing the 2013/14 season in second place, Brendan Rodgers' side and its supporters will be dreaming of going one better and lifting the Premier League crown for the first time in their history, becoming champions of England for the 19th time.

    Supporters always race to the new fixtures to see the key dates and big games. The opening and final fixtures are noted, as are those taking place over Christmas and New Year, while Liverpool supporters are quick to note Merseyside derbies and matches against rivals Manchester United.

    On the whole, Liverpool have been handed a trickier start to the season than last year, but the festive fixtures are much kinder than 2013/14.

    Here are 10 key fixtures in Liverpool's 2014/15 Premier League Season.

    Note: All dates are provisional, especially as many of the fixtures in this list are likely to be chosen for live TV coverage.

Opening Day: Southampton (h)

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    Last season, Liverpool began the campaign at home to Stoke City and Simon Mignolet saved The Reds with a stoppage-time penalty save.

    It set the season off with a 1-0 win and three crucial points. A draw on the opening day would have damaged spirits, instead it was the beginning of an excellent start for Rodgers' side, winning all three opening games 1-0.

    2014/15 begins with the visit of Southampton, who took three points on their last visit to Anfield.

    It will also be Ronald Koeman's first game in charge in the Premier League, while Rickie Lambert—and possibly Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren—will be facing his former side. 

    Corresponding result last season: Liverpool 0-1 Southampton

Man City (a) August 23

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    A tough first away game sees last seasons runners-up travel to the current champions Manchester City.

    This fixture last season saw Liverpool on the receiving end of a terrible offside decision against Raheem Sterling and they'll be hoping for more luck and a better result to really start the season in style. A win against the champions would be a huge boost so early in the campaign.

    Corresponding result last season: Man City 2-1 Liverpool

Everton (h) September 27

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    The first Merseyside derby of the season takes place at Anfield for the first time since 2003.

    This one has a little added significance too due to Liverpool facing their second Champions League group match days after.

    Corresponding result last season: Liverpool 4-0 Everton

Chelsea (h) November 8

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    Can revenge be done for last season? Steven Gerrard will be looking forward to this one as he seeks to erase the memories of the last meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

    Again, this big match arrives close to a Champions League game, both sides will have played in the midweek before.

    Corresponding result last season: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Man United (a) December 13

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    Last season it was easy for Brendan Rodgers' side at Old Trafford, but this time the fixture takes place days after their final Champions League group game—something which the home side will not have to worry about.

    Corresponding result last season: Man United 0-3 Liverpool

Burnley (a) December 26

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    Trips to newly promoted sides can often be tricky, see Crystal Palace away last season, and Liverpool face Burnley on Boxing Day.

    Last year, The Reds played at Man City and Chelsea within three days over the festive period so the fixtures do seem much easier on paper this year, with Swansea and Leicester at home after the trip to Turf Moor.

    Corresponding result last season: N.A

Man City (h) February 28

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    This match takes place on the weekend of the League Cup final so could be moved if either side make it that far—City having won the competition last year.

    Last season's top two produced one of the games of the season at Anfield back in April, can they do the same again next February?

    Corresponding result last season: Liverpool 3-2 Man City

Arsenal (a) April 4

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    Liverpool don't have the best record away to Arsenal, suffering defeat twice at the Emirates last season in league and FA Cup, and having won just once in their last eight trips to the Emirates.

    April is the time of the year when the title race really hots up and if Rodgers' side are still involved, they'll need to take points from Arsenal.

    Corresponding result last season: Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool

Chelsea (a) May 9

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    In a repeat of last season, Liverpool play Chelsea in their third from final game of the season—only this time it's away rather than at home.

    Bizarrely, Rodgers' side have four of their last six games away from Anfield and this will be a testing time.

    Corresponding result last season: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

Crystal Palace (h) May 16

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    Liverpool will head to Selhurst Park looking to erase the nightmares of last season in November, but they again face Tony Pulis' side in the penultimate game of the campaign—The Reds' final home match on May 16th.

    Corresponding result last season: Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace