‘Really tough start’: Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s opening games against Leeds, Chelsea & Arsenal

Liverpool Pre-Season Training Session
Liverpool taken on Leeds in their first game back (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool have been given a ‘really tough start’ in the Premier League after the release of the 2020/21 fixtures.

Liverpool welcome newly promoted Leeds United to Anfield in their first game and then have back-to-back games against London clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal.

It is a difficult start for the defending Premier League champions, but Klopp said while Liverpool were wary of a tricky return, he didn’t think any of their opponents were looking forward to playing the Reds.

He told the club website: ‘For months, for weeks you have no idea how you will start and it’s like, “What? Leeds United at home, Chelsea away, Arsenal at home?” It’s all difficult. Tough start, tough, tough start of course. 

‘But I have to say I don’t think Leeds loves that start, I don’t think Chelsea wants to play immediately against Liverpool again.

‘Arsenal, oh my God, second away game, it’s just not nice. What it shows, we should try really again in this season again. 

‘So that’s how it is, it will be tough, really tough, but how nice for everybody, so for the other teams as well.

‘We just have to make sure that we are as ready as possible.’

Liverpool and Premier League action return on 12 September, although Manchester United and Manchester City will not be part of the Premier League’s curtain raiser due to their involvement in European football.

Klopp is hopeful of having a fully fit squad for the Leeds clash, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to be included.

The English midfielder hurt his knee in Liverpool’s pre-season camp in Austria and will miss the rest of the preparations for the new campaign.

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