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FA Sets Community Shield Date Before Premier League Play Resumes

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The traditional season opener will go ahead as planned between Liverpool and either Chelsea or Arsenal.

Liverpool FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

For the second year in a row, Liverpool will play for the Community Shield. And now we know the date: Saturday, August 29th, two weeks before the kickoff of the 2020/21 Premier League season.

The one-off match is the traditional quasi-competitive affair, between the winner of the Premier League and the winner of the FA Cup. And if you’re really a small club, you can count a victory in the Community Shield as a trophy. Looking at you “Four-midables.”

Last year, the Reds backdoored their way into the match by finishing runners up to Manchester City, who won both competitions. This year, and for the first time since 1990, Liverpool get an invite as league winners.

While the Community Shield isn’t a major honor, it would be nice to watch the lads lift another shiny thing, especially after coming up just short in the penalty shoot-out loss to City last year.

Liverpool will face the winner of Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

The timing of the competition probably isn’t perfect in Jurgen Klopp’s eyes; he’d probably prefer more uninterrupted time on the training pitch with the lads. But a glorified friendly against a quality Premier League opponent isn’t the worst option either.