Despite Liverpool’s 2019/20 season concluding just a fortnight ago following a campaign that expanded over a gruelling 12 month period, already Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions will be expected to go again in just a matter of days.
With the club’s top-flight title defence just around the corner, here we look at some of the key dates supporters will want to keep in their diaries with Liverpool back in action just three weeks since the final day at St James’ Park last month.
Saturday, 15 August
Preparations for the 2020/21 season have been congested due to the three-month suspension of football following the events of the ongoing global pandemic.
In just seven days time, Liverpool will officially begin their pre-season training just a few weeks after their last competitive action.
Klopp is expected to take his Liverpool squad to France for another pre-season training camp, despite the Reds not being able to play any overseas friendlies.
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That is according to reports from reliable journalist James Pearce of The Athletic, who reports that “there will be no pre-season tour or lucrative friendlies played overseas” although a training camp is planned as long as no new travel restrictions are introduced in the coming week.
Perhaps the most key aspect from the report is that there will be “no player appearances to satisfy sponsors, no open training sessions [and] no press conferences.”
This limits outside media obligations from players and staff in order to allow preparations to be overseen without any external distractions or interruptions.
Closed-door friendlies are also expected to the norm in the coming weeks with Tranmere a likely option having been opponents in each of the last four pre-seasons, and could be called upon again.
Bury, Fleetwood, Chester, Wigan and Blackburn have also be considered.
Saturday, 29 August
Liverpool’s FA Community Shield clash has been confirmed for Saturday, 29 August as Klopp’s English champions have been scheduled to face-off against Mikel Arteta’s FA Cup winners Arsenal.
It proved to be an invaluable experience for Liverpool last season who missed out on silverware against Manchester City last season. The second-half performance was particularly encouraging and set the standard for the Reds’ opening day victory against Norwich City a week later.
Saturday, 12 September
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.
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 concluded until August 23 at the latest.
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.
Friday, 16 October
The Premier League transfer window has been confirmed to close 17:00 BST on 16 October.
The window will have been open for 10 weeks at the end of the current Premier League season, starting on 27 July and ending on 5 October.
Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic only window has been implemented from 5 October, closing 17:00 BST on 16 October
The three standout names tipped with potential Anfield arrivals over the past few weeks have been Thiago Alcantara, Jamal Lewis and Ismaila Sarr who would all represent appropriate acquisitions to help improve squad depth for Liverpool’s title defence next season.
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