Liverpool legend Carragher: Rodgers happy with early season fixtures

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes manager Brendan Rodgers will be happy with their fixtures schedule.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes manager Brendan Rodgers will be happy with their fixtures schedule.

Rodgers' side will start next season with a home fixture against Stoke City on August 17 before travelling to Aston Villa and then hosting Manchester United at Anfield.

"They'll look at that Stoke game - Mark Hughes' first game as well, so they'll be desperate to get off to a good start - it's a good game for Liverpool. I'm sure they will be looking to get three points and hopefully use that as a platform to push on.

"The first five or six fixtures look a lot easier, on paper, than they were last season. Arsenal and Manchester City were the first two home games last year; obviously there's a big game in there with Manchester United, the third game.

"In the first couple of games, hopefully they can get three, four, maybe six points and get off to a good start.

"That's certainly what they need because Liverpool need to be doing a lot better in terms of challenging for the top four and getting back into the top four. They really need to make a good start."

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