As Liverpool prepare for pre-season preparations to commence on Saturday, the scheduled dates for each round of the Premier League matches in the 2020-21 season have been confirmed.
The fixtures themselves aren’t yet out but, in their statement today, the Premier League said that they will be released no later than Friday 21 August.
It represents an early opportunity to gain some title momentum over Liverpool’s biggest challengers last season Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s team are still in contention for this season’s Champions League and their camaign could continue until August 23, which is the confirmed date for the final.
The Citizens will likely then require the bulk of their squad to enjoy a few weeks of downtime following a season that has expanded well over 13 months.
It remains to be seen whether City will be handed a delay to their opening PL fixture which is due to commence from September 12.
This could allow Jurgen Klopp’s English champions to gain some early initiative and set the standard before City are deemed ready to compete again.
Whatever the PL rule in City’s direction will certainly gift Liverpool an advantage.
If Liverpool can get their neck out in front at this early stage of the season it puts massive pressure on every City match before they can close the gap.
That breathing space could place the footballing microscope fully transfixed on the Etihad Stadium in high-pressure season and allow Liverpool the focus to solely keep on winning.
Alternatively, if it is decided Guardiola and his team will kick-off the same time as everyone else, Klopp will have gained two-three weeks of extra preparation with the entirety of his squad – a situation he has yet to have since his appointment in 2015.
Three matches are due to take place during September before the first international break of the season takes place on the weekend beginning on October 1o.
Once again December and January represent the busiest time of the season for Klopp with six PL fixtures due to take this month with European and domestic cup matches also likely to be congested in-between.
The final week of the season has been finalised to conclude on May 23 before a number of Liverpool’s squad prepare to compete for next year’s Euro 2021 tournament.
All-in-all it is set to be the most chaotic season to date and one to put Liverpool players to the brink of their physical limits while simultaneously representing one of the most anticipated sporting campaigns in history.
The pressure is now on Liverpool to build momentum from Saturday with no date fixed for City to begin their own respective 2020/21 season.
Make no mistake – this is an immense opportunity for Liverpool to remain firmly atop of their perch.
Before the season has even begun, Liverpool have the opportunity to prove they’ve got the guts to go once again and defend their Premier League crown.
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