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Liverpool’s wait for their first-ever Premier League title goes on as they await a concrete plan from the Premier League amid the coronavirus break.

The Reds are head, shoulders clear at the top of the table, but they are still sweating on their title hopes with no set date for a return to football.

But while football is on hold, the Premier League’s news cycle is not, and there has been plenty to discuss since our last rivals round-up.

With that in mind, here’s all the latest news surrounding Liverpool’s rivals.

Premier League return date reported

The Premier League is aiming to have matches playing again from June 8 with clubs returning to training from mid-May, a proposed timetable has revealed.

The timetable has been circulated among clubs and the Telegraph reports that the Premier League will speak individually to clubs today, ahead of the shareholder’s call on Friday, but the plans are depending on government approval.

For the Premier League’s timetable, which sets May 18 as the date for full training to return, the lockdown measures will have to have been eased, while the league still has a number of challenges to overcome.

According to the report, the plan is for mass testing of Premier League players over the weekend of May 9-10, with players than returning to train in small groups from Monday, May 11.

Arsenal to pull out the stops in Saka contract talks

Arsenal will move quickly to try and secure a new long-term contract for Bukayo Saka, amid rumoured interest from Borussia Dortmund.

The 18-year old has enjoyed an excellent breakthrough campaign in 2019-20, however, he is one of six first-team players out of contract at the end of next season.

The Gunners are determined not to lose another young star on a free transfer, following the exits of highly-rated pair Xavier Ameachi and Yunus Musah last summer.

The club will reopen negotiations on an extension in the coming weeks, with Arteta hopeful Saka’s first-team role at the club will convince him to stay in north London.

Manchester United’s NHS donation

Manchester United will dispatch the first of an initial 60,000 meals for NHS workers across Manchester on Friday.

United have prepared meals for staff at the Manchester University Foundation Trust (MFT) and Salford Royal, who would normally have to provide their own meals during shifts, amid the coronavirus crisis.

Over 80 permanent and casual club staff have volunteered to prepare food in the kitchens at Old Trafford whilst adhering to governmental guidelines on social distancing.

The Manchester United Foundation has funded the daily initiative and the club’s catering supplier, Bidfood, will facilitate temperature-controlled deliveries free-of-charge.

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