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2020 Community Shield: Liverpool ready for ‘intense’ season, says Jurgen Klopp

The new season starts just 34 days after the end of the 2019-20 Premier League campaignVenue: Wembley Stadium, London Date: 29 August, 2020 Time: 16:30 BSTCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live and follow on the BBC Sport website and app, plus watch highlights on MOTD on BBC One from 22:20 BST

Saturday’s Community Shield will kick off “one of the most intense seasons” for Premier League champions Liverpool, says manager Jurgen Klopp.

The traditional Wembley season opener, against FA Cup winners Arsenal, comes just 34 days after the end of the extended league season.

“Would I want to play a proper game after two weeks’ preparation? No,” said Klopp.

“But it’s not a friendly, it’s a proper match against Arsenal.”

Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a championship last month, finishing a massive 43 points above FA Cup winners Arsenal.

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The Gunners have had even less time off – their FA Cup win came just four weeks ago – and Klopp expects both sides to go all out for a win.

“For us, like Arsenal, we prepare for a whole season – one of the most intense, probably, we have ever experienced in our lives because of the amount of games…