SI's Luis Miguel Echegaray previews EPL play returning amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic by sharing the three things fans should watch out for as Premier League resumes.
The Premier League returns this week. So here are three things to watch out for. This is a restart with careful attention to COVID-19, matches will be played behind closed doors with a wide range of medical protocols. There will also be a minute's silence before the first matches to remember those who died as a result of coronavirus. Heart-shaped badges will also be worn on team kits as a tribute to health workers and the NHS staff.
In terms of action, all eyes are on Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp's side nears its first league title for the first time in 30 years. It only needs six more points to secure the trophy. And the first game back is a Merseyside Derby against Everton. But if Man City loses to Arsenal in its opening first match, then Liverpool only needs that win at Goodison Park.
COVID-19 aside, the world is a different one since the Premier League last saw action after the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Calls for social justice, stands against police brutality and solidarity with the black community have taken enormous momentum across the globe as a result. The league will show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Clubs will replace players names on the back of their shirts with the phrase Black Lives Matter for the first games, and will support any player who wishes to take a knee before kickoff. Plenty more, of course, needs to be done, such as fully supporting and exposing more black managers and executives. But it's a start for the league and a solid message for the Black Lives Matter movement.