BBC Sport - Stoke v Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers says opening fixture is 'perfect'
Rodgers relishes return to Stoke
- From the section Football
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side have been handed the "perfect" start to the new season with an away trip to Stoke.
The Reds suffered a humiliating defeat in the corresponding fixture on the last day of last season, losing 6-1 in Steven Gerrard's final game for the club.
Rodgers says that performance was "unacceptable" and vows that the Potters will find playing them much harder this time around.