After an impressive season both domestically and continentally in 2017-18 and a blistering start to the Premier League season, Liverpool will look to keep that good form and better it in 2018-19.
Football is a marathon, not a sprint, but the next seven games in all competitions could very well set the tone for the rest of the Reds’ season depending on the results.
Not only do Liverpool have a large quantity of games, but the quality of the opposition is high class with perennial Premier League title threats and the French champions among their opponents.
Jürgen Klopp’s men sit top of the Premier League with four wins from four games. His side has conceded just one goal – the best defensive record in the league - and are scoring plenty as well.
Their jam-packed schedule begins with what Optus Sport pundit Michael Bridges describes as “a classic”: Tottenham at Wembley. With no Hugo Lloris and Spurs still unable to play at White Hart Lane due to redevelopment delays, Bridges thinks it’s “advantage Liverpool.”
After fifth-placed Tottenham, it’s on to Champions League with a visit from PSG midweek followed by Southampton at Anfield.
A Cup/League double against Chelsea ends September before a trip to Napoli and a clash with Manchester City take the Reds up to the next international break.
It’s the kind of hectic schedule that would be seen around the Christmas and New Year period and has both its positives and negatives.
“It’s tough for the players and coaching staff but great for fans” Bridges told the Afternoons on FNR crew. While man management and squad rotation will be critical, the plethora of games will also present opportunities for fringe players.
You can watch Liverpool take on Spurs, live on Optus Sport with kick off at 9:30pm AEST.