Liverpool given huge boost ahead of opening league fixture v Arsenal
By Dominic Toner
Arsenal could be without Euro star Aaron Ramsey when they face Liverpool in the opening round of Premier League fixtures.
The Welshman has lit up Euro 2016 and currently tops the assists chart with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in the competition with four in total.
But Ramsey has revealed that club manager Arsene Wenger will not rush him back to domestic football.
“I am back on August 1st so I have a few weeks off but obviously it kicks off a couple of weeks afterwards,” he told the Evening Standard.
“I know [Arsene likes to give players a long rest] – a few years ago Germany won the World Cup and they came in just a few days before the first game of the season but they missed that.”
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The absence of Ramsey would be a boost for Liverpool as he has had an outstanding tournament after a mixed season for his club.
Wales’ memorable run came to an end on Wednesday when they lots 2-0 to Portugal, but they have received considerable support for their achievements back home.
If Wenger opts to ease back in players who have featured heavily at the Euros he could be left a bit short for the Liverpool clash, with stars Mesut Ozil, Oliver Giroud and Laurent Koscielny all still competing in France.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool may appear to have a slight advantage already as summer recruitments Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Loris Karius have not featured at the tournament and will all be in contention for a starting place.
The fixture takes place on Sunday 14 August and is one of those to be televised on the opening weekend of the new campaign.
Liverpool follow up their trip to Arsenal with a home game against newcomers Burnley, before tackling last year’s title contenders Tottenham (away) and then champions Leicester at Anfield to complete a testing opening set of fixtures.
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