Community Shield picture becomes clearer for Liverpool after FA Cup semi finals
The question over who Liverpool may play in the Community Shield appears to have become clearer after this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals.
Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions will take their place in the traditional curtain-raiser to the new season but there had been some speculation the Wembley fixture could be disrupted by coronavirus’s impact on the football calendar.
The winners of the FA Cup would normally face the Premier League champions – or the runners up in the league if one team was to win both trophies – and the make-up of the last four in this year’s FA Cup could have proved problematic because of UEFA’s scheduling of the remainder of this year’s European tournaments.
The Community Shield is anticipated to be held at some point in August – potentially August 23, the same weekend as both the Champions League final and Europa League final, just a week before the new season could begin – which means it could clash with UEFA’s tournaments.
Three of the FA Cup semi-finalists – Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea – were still involved in European competitions, so may not have been available to face Jurgen Klopp’s men.
That had led to speculation that Leeds United, as winners of the Championship, could be invited to take part in the game instead.