The official date and fixture details for the 2020 Community Shield have been announced on Wednesday.
Community Shield date set
Liverpool have, of course, been nailed on to play in the Community Shield for some time now, after wrapping up their first-ever Premier League title last month.
The Reds dominated the English top-flight, finishing the season with a staggering 99 points, a total only bettered by Manchester City in 2017/18.
As such, with Jurgen Klopp having now guided his revitalised Liverpool side to Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup glory, he will no doubt also be keen to add the Community Shield to his growing silverware collection.
However, due to COVID-19’s effect on the campaign, Liverpool’s potential opponents for the season curtain-raiser has actually remained up in the air for some time.
Had one of Manchester City or Manchester United won the FA Cup, and reached the final of the Champions League or Europa League, there were expected to be some problems over scheduling. One possible solution to this dilemma, which we covered earlier this month, could have seen the winners of the Championship, now confirmed as Leeds, invited to face Liverpool.
But with one of Arsenal or Chelsea now set to lift the FA Cup, the tradition of the Premier League champions facing the FA cup winners in the Community Shield is now once again set to play out.
The news was confirmed on Wednesday, with a date of August 29th pencilled in.
A date for your diaries! 🗓
— The FA (@FA) July 29, 2020
Fans to be allowed in to watch Community Shield?
In other Community Shield related news, it has recently been reported that the clash could stand as the first to allow fans into a stadium in England for 5 months.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, of course, brought football in England to a halt back in March, and whilst the action has since returned, fans have been forced to stay away.
However, as per the Daily Mail, citing the Sun, The FA see the Community Shield as the perfect test opportunity to accelerate the return of fans.
It is added that The FA are in talks with the government to allow supporters to attend.
However, it’s understood that, should any fans indeed be allowed into Wembley, it will be based on a reduced capacity of around 15,000-20,000, with all in attendance forced to observe social distancing guidelines.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.