The Premier League kicks off on Friday afternoon as Liverpool face off against Norwich City at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be the overwhelming favourites to secure three points against the Canaries who won promotion to the Premier League last season. As long as the Reds get the basics right on the day, they should be too much to contain Daniel Farke’s side.
Klopp was unhappy that other sides had additional time over his troops to prepare.
Speaking ahead of the Community Shield, he said:
“I would much prefer to have had the Sunday game because that would have given us two more days of preparation”
“We had the last game in the Champions League Final on June 1 and now the first game of the new Premier League season against Norwich.
“That doesn’t sound it’s exactly like it should be to me. Who can have this idea? It’s crazy.
Liverpool’s loss on penalties against Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend is unlikely to affect them much. Both sides were evenly matched during the game and the Reds were rather unlucky to have emerged as losers during the lottery of penalties. It would have been good for Klopp and company to have got some early bragging rights over their likely Premier League title rivals but they nevertheless importantly managed to avoid injuries to key players during the game. There is little doubting that both Klopp and City boss Pep Guardiola would have preferred to lose the Community Shield rather than have key players injured during the game.
Klopp will however be aware that he will be up against a side which will be high in confidence after having won the English second-tier convincingly last season and it is for this reason that they cannot afford to take their opponents lightly.
The game of the day on Saturday sees West Ham facing off against Manchester City. City will go into the game as favourites and will be looking for nothing less than three points as Pep Guardiola’s side look to win a third consecutive Premier League title. After having recruited the impressive attacking duo of Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller however, Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers side do have the potential to cause upsets against many of the so-called “big sides” in the Premier League and they will be aiming to potentially secure Europa League football this season.
Sunday’s game of the day sees Chelsea face off against Manchester United at Old Trafford. This will be an interesting game and probably the game of the weekend as it will feature two fallen giants of English football doing battle. Expect to see two new look sides which will be playing a new brand of football which die-hard supporters are not accustomed to.
It is hard to predict what will happen in this game with neither side going into the clash as overwhelming favourites. If one thing is certain though, neither side are expected to challenge for the Premier League title this season and will rather look to build for the future whilst identifying and honing young talent from within their ranks.