With the fixtures released for the new season next week, we're taking a look back at previous opening day encounters...

A virtuoso performance from the ‘White Feather’ Fabrizio Ravanelli was at the heart of an end-to-end thriller against Liverpool that ended 3-3 on the opening day of the 1996-97 season.

Ravanelli was a club-record signing from Champions League winners Juventus that summer, and joined an exciting Boro side that already included the likes of Juninho and Emerson.

It had looked like a sour opening day when Stig-Inge Bjornebye put the visitors ahead after four minutes, but we were level before the half-hour when our summer signing converted a penalty.

HIGHLIGHTS: Our opening day clash with Liverpool

Parity lasted just three minutes, John Barnes restoring Liverpool's advantage, but we were level again before half-time when our Italian marksman struck again. 

Robbie Fowler fired Liverpool ahead in the midway through the second half, but Boro stormed back once again and Rav scored the all-important equaliser with nine minutes left on the clock. 

His hat-trick that day was the first of 16 Premiership goals he’d get that season as Boro three times came from behind to ensure the spoils were shared.

It was also the first of three Rav trebles in the Boro red, the others against Derby County and Hereford in the League Cup (when he managed four).