While the 2020/21 season is expected to be the most chaotic and congested season to date, there are still ways Liverpool can capitalise.
If ever there was a year to not be in contention for this season’s Champions League it would certainly be 2020.
Unlike key rivals such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, Liverpool have been on their holidays for the past 10 days enjoying some much-needed time off following the Reds’ record-breaking title win.
The players are expected to return to Melwood on August 15 to begin pre-season preparations with the Community Shield clash against Arsenal taking place two weeks later.
There are only six days separating the Champions League final from Liverpool’s Wembley clash against the Gunners. This means both City and Guardiola’s ongoing season may not be curtailed until August 23 at the latest.
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It is likely that in such circumstances that City will indeed be handed significant time to recover as well as a delay to their inaugural PL match of the season.
England’s top-flight is due to resume on September 12 by which Liverpool will have had just over four weeks of pre-season preparations.
Can Liverpool thrive?
It could be a scenario that Liverpool can capitalise on as if City kick-off their PL campaign at the same time as the Reds then Klopp’s English champion will be better primed to hit the ground running early.
Alternatively, if City are indeed delayed then it could allow Liverpool to gain an advantage by setting the standard early on and forcing their rivals into playing catch up.
While it is unquestionably an unpleasant situation for Liverpool and their players as well who will likely be in contention twice a week for the foreseeable future following the congestion and limited timeframe to get the season finished.
Next season will be a slog for the players and an enthralling spectacle for supporters yet if ever there was a silver lining from the catastrophe that has been 2020, it could be a messy situation that Liverpool can capitalise on.
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