The Premier League has confirmed that it's provisionally scheduled to return from the pandemic-induced hiatus June 17, following in the footsteps of the Bundesliga in a bid to complete the season. Below, we highlight 10 things we're looking forward to seeing when England's top flight restarts.
Liverpool winning the title on the pitch
Barring the most spectacular collapse in Premier League history, Liverpool will win their first league title in 30 years. It's simply a matter of when, as Jurgen Klopp's team, 25 points ahead of Manchester City, is six points away from clinching its long-awaited crown. Should City lose their first match back - against Arsenal on June 17 - the Reds could complete the job in their return to action against Merseyside rivals Everton.
Even if the season ended prematurely and they were simply handed the title, Liverpool would be deserving champions. They've been that dominant.
It seems increasingly unlikely that they'll be able to celebrate the triumph - or accomplish the feat at Anfield, for that matter - but ask anybody at the club, and they'll surely say the opportunity to finish the job on the field is their preference, even if the eventual scene will be surreal.
The Champions League race
Manchester City's ban from European competition, which will be appealed in court next month, has provided an added layer of intrigue to an already manic Champions League race.
Leicester City, still sitting third despite some pre-shutdown wobbles, should be able to see out the season and lock up a top-four berth. After that, it's a damn free-for-all.
Chelsea and Manchester United have tripped over themselves in a variety of new and hilarious ways all season, yet they're both positioned to reach next season's elite continental competition thanks in large part to the ineptitude of some other perennial contenders. Should they continue to falter, though, the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers and, incredibly, Sheffield United are poised to pounce and secure unlikely spots in next season's tournament.
Chris Wilder's overlapping center-backs battling Lionel Messi and Barcelona? Yes, please.
A festival of football
Open wide for some soccer. Assuming the league returns and there are no setbacks from a health and safety perspective - which remains the most important consideration in all of this - the proposed schedule will make it impossible not to watch English football over the next couple of months.