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Key dates that have huge significance regarding Liverpool's PL title defence

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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 24: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on July 24, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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.

TOPSHOT – Liverpool’s German-born Cameroonian defender Joel Matip (R) celebrates in front of the Liverpool fans after scoring their first goal in the English FA Community Shield football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 4, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrating after scoring a goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Jamal Lewis of Norwich City reacts during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on March 4, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

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 AlcantaraJamal 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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