The Premier League fixture list is out, and Liverpool have to be happy with their opening match: at home, on a Friday night, against recently promoted Norwich City.
Last year, the Reds benefitted from the largest slice of the Premier League TV revenue pie, a trend which looks likely to continue this year. The match represents not just the opening match for the two sides, but the kickoff to the whole Premier League season, with the rest of the clubs playing either Saturday or Sunday.
Last time the two sides met was one of the most memorable matches of Jurgen Klopp’s first season at Liverpool. Klopp’s charges prevailed 5-4, after a mad back and forth battle that culminated in Adam Lallana’s late stoppage time strike and broken glasses in the ensuing celebration.
Since then, it’s fair to say that the clubs have been on diverging trajectories, with Klopp guiding Liverpool to be one of the best on the planet, and Norwich City only now playing their way back into the Premier League. After several seasons in time out (read: The Championship) for being bad at the footy, The Canaries are back after an impressive campaign that saw them finish top of the pile.
But Anfield at night is a tough proposition for any team, especially a newly promoted one. It will be tough for Liverpool, no doubt. But equally, it’s a relatively good fixture to start the season.