Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard wants the Reds to be out of the blocks from the first game if they are to stand any chance of being title contenders next season. Last season, with new boss Roy Hodgson in charge, the team claimed just six points from their opening half dozen fixtures before things took a turn for the worse as they dropped into the bottom three.
"It's important to hit the ground running if you want to compete for the title. You can't afford any slip-ups early on," said the England midfielder, who expects to be fully fit for pre-season training after a groin operation in March.
"It's a tough first two games but I'm really looking forward to them and I think we can get two positive results.
"Hopefully we will have a few new signings in and we can start the season with three points which would give us the confidence to then go and get a good result at Arsenal."