Reds switch opener to Turf Moor

Liverpool will now travel to Turf Moor after switching the game from Anfield
Liverpool will now travel to Turf Moor after switching the game from Anfield

Liverpool’s opening Premier League home match against Burnley, scheduled for August 20, has been switched to Turf Moor.

The switch was agreed by both clubs due to ongoing building work on the new main stand at Anfield, with the return fixture now taking place at Anfield on March 12.

Liverpool’s first home fixture is now against champions Leicester on September 10, by which time work on the new stand is expected to be complete.

Liverpool’s opening game of the season at Arsenal has now been switched to Sunday as the first batch of televised games were announced.

Champions Leicester open the 2016-17 season as Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes, who surprised all by winning the 2015-16 title, face newly promoted Hull at 12.30 on August 13

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United host Southampton on August 19 at 8pm in the first regular Friday night fixture.

The Portuguese has long argued for the Premier League to make allowances for clubs in European competition, with Friday night football a possible answer.

However, United will be in European action on Thursday nights this season in the Europa League, so Mourinho’s Friday appearances may be rare.

The second Friday fixture sees Antonio Conte’s Chelsea host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on September 16 at 8pm.

United are also in televised action on the first weekend of the season, at Bournemouth on Sunday, August 14, at 1.30pm. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will already have played by then, at home to Sunderland on August 13 at 5.30pm.

Arsenal v Liverpool at 4pm on Sunday, August 14 and Chelsea v West Ham at 8pm on Monday, August 15 complete the first round of televised matches, which will be shared between Sky Sports and BT Sport.