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When the Premier League fixtures were published this morning, it confirmed that Burnley would start with a home game against Swansea City with the first away game against Liverpool at Anfield but soon afterwards, James Pearce from the Liverpool Echo took to Twitter to reveal that Liverpool had asked Burnley to switch the fixtures.

Will we go to Anfield in August?

Will we go to Anfield in August?

The suggestion was that Liverpool weren’t convinced that their new stand would be fully ready for 20th August and would prefer a second away game on that date rather than playing at home. If Burnley were to agree it would see us travelling there in March.

That’s all well and good. It would see us start with two home games but the switch in March would mean we’d play away games against Hull, Swansea, Liverpool and Sunderland in succession. After the home game against Chelsea on 11th February, we wouldn’t play at home again until the Spurs game on 1st April.

There’s been no comment from either club officially but an article has subsequently appeared from Pearce in the Echo which suggests that Anfield will be ready although Liverpool have, indeed, written to Burnley to ask for the switch.

Two years ago, when there was speculation that Matt Gilks was going to sign for us, I suggested I could see no reason why he would want to come and be an understudy goalkeeper; he signed. More recently I said I doubted Joey Barton would leave us for Rangers, that based on the content of an interview he’d done with the Burnley Express; he signed for them.

So I’m not going to make any predictions but I can’t see Burnley, and I can’t see Sean Dyche in particular, being happy with the idea of four successive away games and that we are more likely to turn down the request. Given my track record, get ready for us starting with two home games.

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