With coronavirus delaying the conclusion to the 2019-20 season, we always knew the offseason would be a short one as officials sought to begin the 2020-21 campaign as soon as reasonably possible.
We now know that the Premier League offseason will run for just seven weeks and that the next season will kick off on the weekend of September 12th. Taking pre-season into account, that will mean very little downtime for players.
However, the three months without action due to the pandemic means many will have already had the longest break of their career this year—and opportunities for offseason travel would be limited.
For Liverpool, the offseason will be even shorter, with the Community Shield expected to be played on Sunday, August 30th, with Liverpool facing the winner of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal.
There has been some discussion about the possibility of allowing some fans into Wembley for that match as a test run ahead of the 2020-21 season, with authorities hoping that at least partially filled stadiums will be the norm starting in the autumn.
There have also been discussions about delaying the start of the 2020-21 season for any club still in Europe, with the Europa League and Champions League set to resume and run for much of August.