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What happened the last time Liverpool played Ipswich Town in the Premier League?

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The Premier League fixtures for the 2024/25 campaign have now been released, with Liverpool aware that Ipswich will be their opening fixture

Liverpool, as seems to be a common trend, will face-off against newly promoted Ipswich for Arne Slot’s first game of his tenure.

Facing newly promoted teams on the opening day is not an ideal situation, with Kieran McKenna’s men no doubt eager to give their home crowd something to shout about at the Portman Road Stadium.

The Ipswich manager revealed that he is looking forward to the challenge of playing ‘one of the best teams’ in the league, saying:

“We’re delighted to have a home game first, we know the atmosphere that has been created over the last couple of years in the stadium and we know that will carry on even more so this year.”

“To [host] one of the best teams in the league is a challenge.

“Of course, a new manager and things like that, but we are certainly not going to underestimate the scale of the challenges we are going to have all season – certainly Liverpool will be that on the first day.”‘

With how close Premier League title races have been in recent season, it is ideal if Liverpool start the Arne Slot era with a three points and good performance.

But what happened the last time these two sides faced off?

Liverpool and Ipswich play out memorable Premier League game

Liverpool and Ipswich Town last faced each other in a competitive match on May 11, 2002, during the Premier League season.

This encounter took place at Anfield and resulted in a dominant 5-0 victory for Liverpool.

During this period, Liverpool was managed by Gérard Houllier, who was in charge of leading the Reds back to domestic and European prominence.

Ipswich Town was under the management of George Burley, who had previously guided the team to a fifth-place finish and UEFA Cup qualification in the 2000-2001 season but struggled in the following campaign.

The match saw Liverpool assert their dominance from the outset.

Goals from Vladimir Smicer, Sami Hyypia, Nicolas Anelka, and a brace from John Arne Riise, sealed a comprehensive victory for the Reds.

Emille Heskey was part of a Liverpool side that relegated Ipswich Town on the final day of the 2001/02 Premier League season?

Liverpool Echo.

The 5-0 win was significant for Liverpool as it helped them secure a second-place finish in the Premier League, thus qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

This was part of a strong season for Liverpool, which saw them also win the UEFA Super Cup

For Ipswich Town, the heavy defeat was a major blow in their fight against relegation – and indeed still remains the last ever Premier League game as a club.

This loss contributed to their demotion to the Championship, ending a difficult season where they failed to replicate their previous successes.

Ipswich has since struggled to regain their place in the Premier League, spending many seasons in the lower tiers of English football.

It will certainly be an interesting occasion to see two historically-rich clubs battle it out in England’s topflight, with Liverpool fans especially keen to see how Arne Slot’s vision manifests on the pitch.Want to get the latest Liverpool news direct to your phone

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