Liverpool and Arsenal are expected to field a series of fringe players and young stars in the Community Shield final as football battles a busy schedule.
Although the season recently ended, the two teams will meet again at the end of August to fight for the first piece of silverware of the 2020/21 campaign.
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the entire schedule, which means Jurgen Klopp’s team and the Gunners will be calling for lesser-known names, according to the Mirror.
Champions Liverpool will face FA Cup-winning Arsenal in the Community Shield on August 29
The two teams will meet on August 29, which is awkwardly sandwiched between the start of the preseason and the first international break.
The game will act as an extension of the regular pre-season plans for both clubs, with Arsenal not returning to training until the week of August 17.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are preparing to lose the majority of the top ranks immediately following the Wembley showdown due to their international duty.
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Klopp is expected to reunite with his team at their base in Melwood on August 15, in less than two weeks.
The ruthless nature of the drastically shortened football summer therefore means that managers are poised to be a lot more sparing with their teams, to avoid serious injuries as the new campaign unfolds.
It was initially hoped that the Community Shield mount could have been used as an attempt to bring supporters back to football stadiums.
It has been reported that the Premier League clubs have collectively agreed that the Community Shield should play out as normal, if it can facilitate the reintroduction of fans.
That won’t happen now, following the government’s delay in completely relaxing lockdown restrictions.
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The FA have confirmed that the Community Shield will always be played, although it is now up to Liverpool and Arsenal to decide what kind of teams they field.
Both clubs have won the shield 15 times respectively, and sit just behind Manchester United (21) per team for lifting the silver piece.