Liverpool’s October and April clashes with Man City likely to decide outcome of the Premier League title race but it’s a kind run-in for Jurgen Klopp’s men after World Cup and Champions League tilt stretches their squad to the limit
- The full Premier League fixture list for the 2022-23 season has been released
- Liverpool’s squad face a hectic season because of the mid-season World Cup
- Jurgen Klopp is an outspoken manager when it comes to hectic fixture lists
- It’s more than likely their two games with Man City will determine the title race
- As with last season, it’s Anfield in October and the Etihad during the final weeks
- But Liverpool’s run-in is pretty kind, though West Ham and Spurs do await them
Such have been the winning standards set by the Premier League’s two strongest teams in recent years, it’s tempting to conclude that next season’s Liverpool versus Manchester City fixtures will decide the title.
Their meeting at Anfield on October 15 will be indicative of their title chances but it’s the return at the Etihad Stadium on April 1 that could well define the outcome.
The fixture computer has thrown up a similar situation to the season just gone – they drew 2-2 at Anfield last October and also shared four goals at the Etihad in April.
Liverpool will once again expect to be in the title race with Manchester City their main rivals
But in all seriousness, the title is unlikely to be determined on April Fool’s Day, especially with the mid-season World Cup meaning there are still a further nine rounds of games to come after that.
The run-in for Jurgen Klopp’s side is pretty kind with the likes of Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Brentford, Leicester, Aston Villa and Southampton (on the final afternoon on May 28) unlikely to trouble a Liverpool side in full flight.
A visit to West Ham in late April followed by a home game with Tottenham may cause palpitations, however.
Jurgen Klopp can expect his squad to be pushed to its limits with the mid-season World Cup
After all, West Ham were the first side to inflict a defeat on Liverpool in 2021-22 and it was those two dropped points at home to Spurs that ultimately cost them dear as City claimed a fourth league title in five seasons.
They will hope the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica, a direct response to City buying Erling Haaland, will provide the additional firepower needed to overcome such hurdles.
Other highlights include an early season visit to Manchester United, a great opportunity to shatter any Erik ten Hag optimism at Old Trafford.
The return at Anfield is in early March by which time the widening of the gap between these two northern powerhouses could have narrowed a bit.
The Merseyside derbies against Everton are in early September at Goodison and mid-February on home turf.
Liverpool’s firepower has been boosted by the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica
With the majority of Liverpool’s players set to be involved in the Qatar World Cup, the Reds sign off with a home fixture against Southampton on November 12.
The season will pick up on Boxing Day with a trip to Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa and a home game with Leicester on New Year’s Eve.
Klopp will be pleased in some ways that one round of festive fixtures has been chiselled out of the calendar. He’ll be less pleased when it’s shoehorned back in during a hectic final few weeks with Liverpool competing on multiple fronts.
If the German, a serial complainer about fixture schedules, thought his players were suffering from burn-out before, this season promised to be the worse yet.
Liverpool’s season fell short as they lost out in the Premier League and the Champions League
Six Champions League group games to squeeze in before the World Cup, a ‘winter’ tournament played in sapping heat in the Middle-East, then a full throttle resumption likely with two domestic cup competitions to juggle.
Even worse, Liverpool have some tricky fixtures directly after some of their Champions League assignments – their first meeting with City, plus three London trips to face Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.
But it’ll be the same for everyone at the upper end of the table and once Klopp’s Rolls Royce of a team is purring, they can look absolutely unstoppable.
LIVERPOOL’S FIXTURES IN FULL
06/08/2022 12:30 Fulham (a)
13/08/2022 15:00 Crystal Palace (h)
20/08/2022 15:00 Manchester United (a)
27/08/2022 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth (h)
31/08/2022 20:00 Newcastle United (h)
03/09/2022 15:00 Everton (a)
10/09/2022 15:00 Wolverhampton (h)
17/09/2022 15:00 Chelsea (a)
01/10/2022 15:00 Brighton (h)
08/10/2022 15:00 Arsenal (a)
15/10/2022 15:00 Manchester City (h)
19/10/2022 20:00 West Ham United (h)
22/10/2022 15:00 Nottingham Forest (a)
29/10/2022 15:00 Leeds United (h)
05/11/2022 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (a)
12/11/2022 15:00 Southampton (h)
26/12/2022 15:00 Aston Villa (a)
31/12/2022 15:00 Leicester City (h)
02/01/2023 15:00 Brentford (a)
14/01/2023 15:00 Brighton (a)
21/01/2023 15:00 Chelsea (h)
04/02/2023 15:00 Wolverhampton (a)
11/02/2023 15:00 Everton (h)
18/02/2023 15:00 Newcastle United (a)
25/02/2023 15:00 Crystal Palace (a)
04/03/2023 15:00 Manchester United (h)
11/03/2023 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth (a)
18/03/2023 15:00 Fulham (h)
01/04/2023 15:00 Manchester City (a)
08/04/2023 15:00 Arsenal (h)
15/04/2023 15:00 Leeds United (a)
22/04/2023 15:00 Nottingham Forest (h)
25/04/2023 19:45 West Ham United (a)
29/04/2023 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
06/05/2023 15:00 Brentford (h)
13/05/2023 15:00 Leicester City (a)
20/05/2023 15:00 Aston Villa (h)
28/05/2023 16:00 Southampton (a)
EVERY TEAM’S 2022-23 FIXTURES
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