Gamechanger - Sources: New season return date revealed as Liverpool to avoid £100m black hole
The Premier League have pencilled in a possible return date of the week beginning 8 June in a huge boost to Liverpool title hopes, Football Insider has learned.
The Merseyside giants have been left sweating on their first title in 30 years during over a month without football.
A league source has told Football Insider that it is working towards a possible return in the second week of June after presenting a scheduling model to top-flight clubs at yesterday’s meeting.
Full training would resume around 18 May, providing a three-week window to get players in shape ahead of a return of competitive matches.
The Premier League believes the remaining 92 fixtures can be squeezed into 40 days, with the best-case scenario a full competition in mid to late July.
Matches would be played behind closed doors, which would mean Liverpool lifting the title without their fans present.
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But that now seems almost inevitable given the social distancing guidelines that are set to remain for quite some time.
All dates discussed were described as “tentative”, with the Premier League stressing that they will be guided by the government and will not be treated as a special case.
Completing the season and fulfilling broadcasting commitments would at least allow Liverpool to avoid a potential £100million financial black hole.
The club would miss out on around £51m in media revenue and £33m in commercial revenue, as well as £14m in matchday income, were the season to end prematurely.
Losing out on hosting the four remaining matches scheduled at Anfield in front of their fans will hit Liverpool hard.
But the strong desire of the Premier League and the 20 clubs to complete this season before the next one starts at least means they should not suffer title heartache.
In other Liverpool news, Football Insider has been told how the club have already signed Sadio Mane’s replacement.