Jamie Carragher pleased with Liverpool’s home start to Premier League campaign

The centre-back is hoping the team can get points on the board from their opening match against Sunderland, which could see Jordan Henderson make his debut against his old club
Jamie Carragher is hoping that Liverpool can take advantage of playing their first Premier League game at home by making a flying start to their campaign.

The Reds have been drawn to face Sunderland in their first league match of the season, which means new signing Jordan Henderson has a swift reunion with his former club.

That match will be followed by a visit to the Emirates to face Arsenal before ending the month at home to Bolton Wanderers.

The first Merseyside derby is on October 1 at Goodison Park and a fortnight later Liverpool face their other bitter rivals, Manchester United, at Anfield.

With optimism high around Anfield after a resurgence last season under Kenny Dalglish and money spent on new signings this summer, Carragher is hoping to the positivity will continue into the new campaign.

"It doesn't really who you get in the first game - it's always a massive and tough game,” he told the club's official website.

"There is so much on the first game and I am really pleased we are at home because it's not often that happens for us. Hopefully we can take advantage.

"It's important to get off to a good start, but that is the same for everyone. Sunderland will be in our minds now throughout pre-season and we'll be in their minds as well.

"Arsenal away will obviously be a tough game - but it will be a tough game for them as well."

Carragher is also expecting £20 million Henderson to play a big part in the club’s future, starting with the match against his previous employers.

He added: "Football always seems to bring up things like this. It's a big start for him."

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