With the Bundesliga tentatively set to return on May 9th, we know that a resumption of European club football is possible as some countries begin to see the benefits of extensive testing when it comes to controlling the coronavirus pandemic.
And for Liverpool and the Premier League, while an early-may restart may be off the table, the club are said to be looking at the middle of next month for reopening their Melwood training facility and having the players back training together.
That’s the word today from The Liverpool Echo, who report a mid-May return to training is the club’s goal—something that would line up with league hopes of an early-June restart and a festival of football following three weeks of team training.
The largest stumbling block to their hopes could be that, as things stand, England currently lag far behind Germany, and without widespread testing and tracking to identify asymptomatic carriers it is hard to imagine training being able to resume.
England currently are testing at least 10,000 people per day, with a stated goal of being able to test at least 750,000 per month by the end of April—around 25,000 per day. By comparison, Germany are carrying out over 100,000 daily tests.