Reds’ league fixtures announced

The league fixtures for the Premiership for 2007-2008 have been officially released this morning and Liverpool get underway with a visit to Aston Villa on August 11th. The season ends exactly nine months later on May 11th, again away, against Tottenham.

As last season, Liverpool's season will get straight into a fixture backlog with the planned first home game of the season against West Ham set to be postponed to allow Liverpool to play their Champions League qualifying games. This means Liverpool's first home game will be against Chelsea, on August 18th. The corresponding fixture is on February 9th.

Other fixtures to look for are of course the two derby games, and this season they will on October 20th for the Goodison derby and 29th March for the home derby. The other "derby" is the North West one, against Manchester United, and we play them at Anfield on December 15th and at Old Trafford on March 22nd. Of course those two games, like many others, will be moved to allow for TV coverage.

Christmas fixtures see Liverpool fans having to travel the relatively short distance to Derby on Boxing Day, and just down the road to Manchester City on December 29th. New Year's Day sees Wigan travel the short distance to Anfield.

Our fixtures are below, you can also see the full list for all clubs at www.premierleague.com, where any changes for TV coverage or otherwise will be announced.

Liverpool league fixtures 2007-08


The Premier League do not agree to having their fixtures published by small websites, instead insisting that they are in fact only to be shown by the larger organisations, like the BBC and Sky, for example.

Although I am sure the Premier League stand to gain more from our publishing the fixtures than we will, we'll adhere to their request and remove the fixtures from the site anyway. It seems such an odd rule to have, can you imagine a rock artist banning all mention of his tour dates, just in case they sold some tickets? They even got a free "plug" above to their own site.

I also believe I read some time last year that football fixtures are not actually legally able to be restricted in this way. If anybody reading this has information on this please let me know.

Here's what the Premier League's legal people have to say on the issue:

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