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Premier League Reportedly Target June 19 Restart

As players prepare to return to training, word is the league has targeted the third week of June to resume play.

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Aerial Views Of Anfield As Football Remains Suspended Due To Coronavirus Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The Bundesliga is set to resume play this weekend. Serie A are targeting a June 13 return to action after clubs in Italy’s top flight agreed to move forward with plans to resume play this week. And for the Premier League, the date to mark on your calendar could be June 19.

That according to reports from The Telegraph and others in England, with claims primary broadcasters BT Sport and Sky have been told to be prepared for Premier League football to return beginning on Friday of the third week of June—a date now five weeks away.

If that is the date of the league’s return, all ten games would then be played between Friday the 19th and Monday the 22nd with no games overlapping or scheduled during the 3PM Saturday blackout. Some games could be broadcast on Youtube or free-to-air in the UK.

It still seems far from certain that the league will be able to resume, but what happens in German in the coming weeks will provide guidance and a further framework for both Italy and England, and already this week Jürgen Klopp has reportedly returned to Melwood.

There, the manager and his key staff will now be preparing for a return to team training that is expected to begin early next week—though at the start of it at least that training will be contact-free and with the players under advisement to maintain social distancing.

In related news, The Mirror claim Liverpool are relaxed about the move towards returning to action and as a group are determined to lift the Premier League trophy on the pitch this season—only when it’s safe to do so—rather than seeing it awarded in a boardroom.