Brendan Rodgers: Stoke is the perfect Premier League start
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side have been handed the "perfect fixture" with which to kick off their new season in a trip to Stoke.
A disappointing 2014-15 for the Reds ended in humiliating fashion in May with them suffering a 6-1 Barclays Premier League thumping against the Potters at the Britannia Stadium - a game in which they found themselves 5-0 down at half-time.
They are back at the ground taking on Mark Hughes' men again on Sunday to open their 2015-16 campaign.
And Rodgers said at his pre-match press conference on Friday: "When the fixture came out, I felt we couldn't have had a better one to be honest.
"I think lots of people have looked at it wondering whether we would have been better going back later, but for me it was the perfect fixture and I was happy when it came out.
"The reaction (to the 6-1 loss) over the course of the summer has been terrific and it gives us real motivation now to start the season well."