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Saturday 3 December 2016

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is bookies' favourite to be first manager fired next season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, left, has been given the go-ahead to plan for next season
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, left, has been given the go-ahead to plan for next season

Bookies have shortened their odds on Brendan Rodgers to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked after the fixtures for the 2015/16 were released.

Liverpool have an extremely difficult start and face away trips to both Arsenal and Manchester United in their opening five games of the season.

Their opening game is away to Stoke - the scene of their 6-1 defeat in Steven Gerrard's final game for the club at the end of last season. The first time Liverpool play a top five team at home will be against Arsenal on 12 January.

Rodgers was previously joint favourite to be sacked first, along with Dick Advocaat, Nigel Pearson and Quique Sanchez Flores but odds have already shortened.

Liverpool's first home game of the season is at newly-promoted Bournemouth, but a poor start could see pressure mount on the Liverpool boss.

August

8 - Stoke City (A)
15 - Bournemouth (H)
22 - Arsenal (A)
29 - West Ham United (H)

September

12 - Manchester United (A)
19 - Norwich City (H)
26 - Aston Villa (H)

October

3 - Everton (A)
17 - Tottenham Hotspur (A)
24 - Southampton (H)
31 - Chelsea (A)

November

7 - Crystal Palace (H)
21 - Manchester City (A)
28 - Swansea City (H)

December

5 - Newcastle United (A)
12 - West Bromwich Albion (H)
19 - Watford (A)
26 - Leicester City (H)
28 - Sunderland (A)

January

2 - West Ham United (A)
12 - Arsenal (H)
16 - Manchester United (H)
23 - Norwich City (A)

February

2 - Leicester City (A)
6 - Sunderland (H)
13 - Aston Villa (A)
27 - Everton (H)

March

1 - Manchester City (H)
5 - Crystal Palace (A)
12 - Chelsea (H)
19 - Southampton (A)

April

2 - Tottenham Hotspur (H)
9 - Stoke City (H)
16 - Bournemouth (A)
23 - Newcastle United (H)
30 - Swansea City (A)

May

7 - Watford (H)
15 - West Bromwich Albion (A)

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