Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is puzzled at the logic of starting the new campaign just three days after a raft of international fixtures. The Barclays Premier League campaign is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday August 13, less than 72 hours after many players will have competed in a host of friendlies.
"There's not a lot you can say about the fixture list really but I would ask why the season is starting on a Saturday when there are international friendlies the midweek before," the Scot told liverpoolfc.tv.
"Clubs are doing their best to bring in good players and that usually means they are international players.
"There is a free week after the first weekend so I don't understand why we can't start the season on a Sunday to prevent players having to travel back on a Wednesday night in time for a Saturday start.
"If you are going to have international games then have them but surely it makes sense to put the league games back a day if it's possible. To me it's common sense."