Despite having started the season with a draw against Chelsea in which some would suggest was fortunate in some instances, Liverpool have managed to go unbeaten as we enter the first international break of the new season.
The Reds have managed to pick up three wins on the bounce since that 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, having beaten AFC Bournemouth (3-1 at Anfield), Newcastle United (2-1 at St. James Park), and Aston Villa (3-0 at home). Of the four games played, three of them have been extremely tough, as they have faced opponents that based on recent seasons would perhaps be looking to all be around the same part of the Premier League table.
Nonetheless, while Jurgen Klopp’s side have already had to face adversity in some of those games with being a player down through sending offs, the club have managed to continue to do what they would have set out to do and have a positive start.
Autumn on the horizon
Of course, once the international break comes to its conclusion, the hard work will resume and Liverpool will want to ensure they are able to continue their fine start to the 2023/24 Premier League campaign.
The autumn can often make or break a club’s season, as numerous fixtures are typically played each month. The inclusion of European football starts to rear its head for a club like Liverpool, too. This means Klopp’s men will be set to play two games in the space of a couple of days more often than not, thus testing the squad and its capabilities. This is where the summer’s transfer business can highlight whether it worked or if more recruits are needed to achieve the club’s aims.
Let’s take a look at the next three months of fixtures…
- Premier League – Wolverhampton Wanderers (Away) – 16 September
- UEFA Europa League – LASK (Away) – 21 September
- Premier League – West Ham United (Home) – 24 September
- Carabao Cup – Leicester City (Home) – 27 September
- Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur (Away) – 30 September
- UEFA Europa League – Union Saint-Gilloise (Home) – 5 October
- Premier League – Brighton and Hove Albion (Away) – 8 October
- Premier League – Everton (Home) – 21 October
- UEFA Europa League – Toulouse (Home) – 26 October
- Premier League – Nottingham Forest (Home) – 29 October
- Premier League – Luton Town (Home) – 4 November
- UEFA Europa League – Toulouse (Away) – 9 November
- Premier League – Brentford (Home) – 11 November
- Premier League – Manchester City (Away) – 25 November
- UEFA Europa League – LASK (Home) – 30 November
Key fixtures set to be played
Given the plethora of matches scheduled to be played, there are some key encounters set to take place throughout the Autumn period. This might be a great thing for the neutral that likes to use the 32 Red Sports betting platform to enhance their passion for the sport, but Reds fans know that there can be some tricky fixtures in this period that can have a significant impact on how their season goes.
It could be argued that the matches against West Ham and Tottenham in September are key in ensuring that they remain on track with their Premier League aims, while they will undoubtedly want to get off to a good start in the UEL with a group many fancy they should coast through.
October does not appear to get any easier as a tricky away trip to Brighton exists, while the Merseyside derby against Everton is always a ‘must not lose’ affair. Klopp’s side have a good record against their neighbours, but it is still a game that comes with added pressure.
November promises an entertaining Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City, although Reds may not be looking too far ahead for that one just yet. However, there is no denying that it could be one that could define the club’s season in more ways than one.
Will Autumn be a defining moment or should we wait?
As highlighted, there is no denying that the Autumn period could be a defining moment in Liverpool’s season, especially as there are numerous difficult games to be played in a short period of time. However, we all know that the festive period is the famous part of the year that often decides how well a team will do. Christmas will usually test the strength and depth of a club’s squad, as games come at a quicker rate, while the intensity of the campaign increases as teams will have a better understanding of where they are and what they need to do.
As a Red, hopefully the next three months go as planned and do not involve any injuries or suspensions. Otherwise, it could be a case of more of the same from last season.