Liverpool are confident their Main Stand renovations will be complete in time to host Burnley in the first home match of next season.
Contingencies had been put in place months ago, with outline plans to request the game on August 20, now confirmed as being against Burnley, be played away from home in the event final building work was not completed.
However, Liverpool are confident that Anfield can be ready to host the match on the second weekend of the season.
The club are not ruling out the option of asking for a switch to Turf Moor if they feel they require extra time to sign off any final issues, but the ground will be ready to host Sean Dyche’s side if needed.
As yet there has been no contact with Burnley about a request to switch the fixture to an away game for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
A block-busting opener between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates catches the eye on the openeing weekend of the season.
Dates for the Merseyside derby games put Everton and Liverpool against each other on December 17 (Goodison) and April 1 (Anfield), while Liverpool host Manchester City in a fine-looking game to see out 2016