How will Liverpool fare against Chelsea? Predicting the Reds' first five Premier League results
Liverpool have found out their fixtures for the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges will get the season under way with a trip to newly-promoted Norwich on 14 August.
Liverpool then play their first game at Anfield on 21 August, against Burnley.
August then ends with another Anfield game, against Champions League winners Chelsea on the 28th.
September sees Liverpool travel to Leeds United on the 11th, with Crystal Palace at home and Brentford away thereafter.
October begins with what could be a big title clash, with Manchester City coming to Anfield on the 2nd.
The first league Merseyside derby of the season takes place on 30 November, with Liverpool heading to Everton.
The Reds will end the 2021-22 campaign with a home match versus Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.
How will Klopp and co fare in their opening five games? The Boot Room predicts the results.
Liverpool fixtures – first five games
14: Norwich City (a) – 3pm
21: Burnley (h) – 3pm
28: Chelsea (h) – 3pm
11: Leeds United (a) – 3pm
18: Crystal Palace (h) – 3pm
Norwich 0 – 4 Liverpool
Liverpool have loved playing Norwich in recent years.
The Reds have won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Canaries.
Not only that, but they’ve scored three or more goals in seven of those.
Indeed, Liverpool have scored five in four of those encounters.
Liverpool 2-0 Burnley
Another relatively straightforward game on paper.
Admittedly, the Reds have lost one and drawn one of their last three games against Burnley.
But given Liverpool are at home and should have most of their key players back, this should be a routine win.
Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea
A big challenge for Liverpool in their third game of the season.
The Blues boast a top squad and showed their quality last year by winning the Champions League.
Games between Liverpool and Chelsea are hard to call, but given the Reds are at Anfield, they will hopefully prevail.
Leeds 2-2 Liverpool
Marcelo Bielsa’s charges played out an opening-day seven-goal thriller with Liverpool last term.
And they followed that up with a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Leeds are a relentless team with plenty of energy, and the Reds will have a big challenge on their hands.
Whites fans won’t make it easy for Liverpool at Elland Road, so all things considered, we predict a high-scoring draw.
Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace
Palace aren’t doing well at present, with 22 players out of contract this summer and no manager.
Liverpool have beaten the Eagles in their last eight Premier League meetings, with a 7-0 win amongst these results.
This should be relatively straightforward for Klopp and co.