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Community Shield date confirmed two weeks before 2020-21 season

Liverpool were strangely absent from the Football Association’s release which confirmed the date of the Community Shield.

Jurgen Klopp’s champions were not named but Chelsea and Arsenal, who are going head-to-head this weekend in the FA Cup final, were. 

The match will take place on Saturday, August 29 at Wembley, just four weeks after the FA Cup final is hosted. 

The match will be played a fortnight before the scheduled start of the new domestic football season on September 12. 

The FA said the kick-off time would be confirmed in due course. 

Sportsmail has contacted the FA for comment regarding Liverpool’s omission.  

It has been reported that the match could welcome a restricted number of supporters into Wembley as part of plans for supporters to make a socially-distanced return to sports venues more widely from October 1.

No Premier League games have featured fans since Leicester’s 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa on March 9, with matches taking place in eerie silence since the coronavirus lockdown. 

While test events are on the horizon, it remains unconfirmed if a small number of supporters will be allowed into Wembley on August 29. 

‘The October 1 deadline is certainly the target that we’re looking at,’ Sports Minister Simon Huddleston said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

‘If you look at various announcements we’ve made, some have been put forward, some have been pushed back, but that’s a pretty firm one.

‘In the whole scheme of things, it’s not that far away – 60-something days and we’ll be there – so I would be surprised if that date was moved.’ 

The match will be immediately followed by an international break from September 2 to 10. 

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