LIVERPOOL’S FIRST 2015/16 HOME GAME ‘PROBABLY’ AROUND LATE AUGUST
To allow the contractors Carillion a longer undisturbed duration for the expansion of the Main Stand at Anfield, Liverpool FC managers have requested the Premier League and the FA to set their game schedules away from Anfield as further as possible.
If the proposals are accepted by the Premier League, it will mean that the Reds will have to start their new campaign at rival’s grounds and may also have to play a few more games away. Some sources also revealed that the Reds would ideally want Anfield to start hosting games only from September. It would imply that the Reds would have more away games in the first half of the season, while more home games in the second half.
However, Liverpool’s record at away starts haven’t been too good in the last few years, with only 2 wins and 2 draws in six starts in the last 10 years. The last away start marked the beginning of current manager Brendan Rodgers’ new tenure at the club, which ended in a 3-0 defeat for the Reds against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. In the last five seasons, Liverpool have started their season on four occasions at Anfield. Unlike the last few years, tThis year Anfield won’t be hosting any pre-season friendly games as well.
With plans to expand the capacity of Anfield to 59,000 by 2018, it could be realistically expected that such provisions may be repeated for a few years to allow more construction time. Once completed, the new Anfield stand would emerge as one of the tallest structures at Merseyside.
The 2015/16 Premier League match schedules will be officially revealed on 9AM BST, June 17.