Liverpool could be set for a big Community Shield change

Liverpool are facing uncertainty over when they will play the Community Shield due to doubt over their potential opponents.

The Reds will take part in the traditional season curtain-raiser after being crowned Premier League champions, where they are expected to take on the winners of the FA Cup.

Currently there are four sides left in the competition – Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

United, City and Chelsea all have commitments to play in the Champions League and Europa League which are due to be staged as World Cup-style tournaments next month.

The FA have pencilled in August 30 as the date for the Community Shield, which is close to when each European competition is due to finish.

The final of the Champions League is due to be held in Lisbon on Sunday, August 23 – just a week before the scheduled date for the Community Shield.

Man City have a chance of reaching the final, as do Chelsea despite their 3-0 deficit to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.

The Europa League final is just two days before in Cologne on Friday, August 21, with Man United also in with a shout of reaching the final.

Due to the close proximity of each final, there are doubts over whether each club would be available for the clash with Liverpool at Wembley, according to the Daily Mail.

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The report goes on to state that should the FA Cup winners not be able to take part in the Community Shield, then the format will be changed to an invitational event.

This would mean that the FA may invite another team to take on Jurgen Klopp’s side, although they have yet to develop a plan for such a scenario.

If the FA’s plans come to fruition, the Community Shield would be a stand-alone fixture before the international break at the start of September.

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