Liverpool will be allowed to resume full training this week after all 20 clubs voted unanimously to take the next step towards Premier League resumption.
The Reds joined several other clubs on Wednesday last week as they returned to the training ground for non-contact activities. Players have been expected to socially distance at all times whilst they must train in groups of five or less.
With the Premier League hoping to return to behind-closed-doors action in mid-June, the clubs met on Wednesday morning to vote on the next step after carefully considering the UK government’s new guidelines for training.
The league issued a statement following the meeting as they confirmed full-contact training will now be permitted after an agreement between all 20 clubs. The full statement read:
“Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.
“Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.
“The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
“Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government.
“Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.”
The Premier League have still not announced when they intend to resume games, but there have been reports that either the weekend of June 19 or June 26 would be a suitable date.
Whilst some clubs are intent on resuming 11-on-11 sessions by the end of the week, Liverpool are likely to start contact training in smaller groups on Thursday before moving to full-squad sessions.