Liverpool Schedule 2017-18: Premier League Fixtures Released

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2017

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on as his team warm up prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Middlesbrough at Anfield on May 21, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side will begin the 2017-18 Premier League season with an away clash against Watford.

The fixtures for the new campaign were announced on Wednesday, with the Reds' schedule confirmed on the Premier League's official website.

Here are some of their key fixtures:

Anfield HQ provided the full list:

After that opener, Liverpool host Crystal Palace before taking on Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the international break. They will finish the season at home against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Kop faithful always look forward to showdowns with bitter rivals Manchester United and the first meeting between the two sides will be at Anfield on October 14. Klopp and Jose Mourinho's men will then go head-to-head again on March 10 at Old Trafford.

Liverpool will have the chance to inflict more misery on Merseyside rivals Everton on December 9 at Anfield, with the return clash across Stanley Park later in the campaign on April 7.

Joe.co.uk's Tony Barrett took issue with the busy winter schedule:

Liverpool only play one potential title rival in that time, Arsenal on December 23, but their problem last year was their struggles against those lower down the table, so much could depend on their ability to improve in that regard next season.

     

Liverpool vs. Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15:  James Milner of Liverpool (C) celebrates as he scores their first goal from a penalty during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 15, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (
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October 14, March 10

The Reds performed brilliantly against the other elite sides in the 2016-17 season, although they were unable to get the better of Manchester United.

When these two teams first met last term, Liverpool were nullified by the ultra-defensive Red Devils at Anfield, with the match finishing 0-0. Then, at Old Trafford, a late header from Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelled out James Milner's penalty.

Although Liverpool supporters will be delighted with the team's efforts against fellow members of the top six, it's in this fixture they'll be desperate to get a win.

As we can see, Klopp steered the team to some memorable results last season:

United underperformed in the Premier League last term, finishing in sixth position. Still, having won the UEFA Europa League, the EFL Cup and secured UEFA Champions League football for 2017-18, Mourinho's side will be expected to kick on domestically.

Liverpool will hope to take six points off them, which is a tough ask against any side managed by the savvy Portuguese. However, wins over United can be the catalyst for an excellent campaign for Klopp's side.

     

Liverpool vs. Everton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Sadio Mane (19) of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the winning goal in injury time during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by
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December 9, April 7

Liverpool will also be hoping to keep matters in check closer to home next season in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

Although the chasm between the two sides hasn't been enormous down the years, the Reds have a much stronger record in this fixture. They hammered home the mental edge they have in the games last season, winning 1-0 at Goodison Park and then 3-1 at Anfield.

It's on home soil where they have had so much joy against the Toffees, though, as noted by Squawka Football after their triumph in April:

Everton finished in seventh place in the Premier League last season and are expected to spend big money this summer in an attempt to bridge the gap to the top six. Improving their derby record will be key to making that step, as they've failed to beat their neighbours since 2010.

Liverpool will want to keep their local rivals at arm's length and ensure they remain the pride of Merseyside. With that in mind, these fixtures will be ones to look forward to for those who are on the red side of the city's divide.

         

Visit the official Premier League website for a breakdown of Liverpool's 2017-18 fixtures. You can also visit the Premier League website to see this season's fixtures in full.