LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 4, 2020: Liverpool's Pedro Chirivella (L) and Neco Williams (R) celebrate after the FA Cup 4th Round Replay match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Pedro Chirivella confirms Liverpool’s plan to return to team training in May

Liverpool’s players have been told to anticipate a return to team training in mid-May, midfielder Pedro Chrivivella has revealed.

The Premier League and football came to a grinding halt on March 13 and the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic soon ensured team training was brought to a swift end.

The Reds have each been handed detailed, individualised training programmes for their time in isolation and can then link up with the rest of the team over Zoom, as we have readily seen.

Footballers, like everyone else, are in a state of limbo as to when training and games can return, with plans constantly in a state of flux.

Various dates have been signposted since Liverpool were left to put their charge at the Premier League title on hold, with the latest suggesting June 8 as a ‘tentative’ re-start date in which training would resume at least three weeks prior.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 22, 2019: Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson (C) with Andy Robertson and James Milner during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

And while various reports have pointed towards a host of dates, Chirivella, who has made six appearances for the Reds this season, has offered an insight into Liverpool’s scheduled return which provides a welcome first-hand view.

“We have been told that we will be training separately until the middle of May,” he said.

“Then three or four weeks training with the group and if we can, we could play in June.

“They must take it step by step because until you have a date, you see it far away.”

The date seemingly accounts for any further review of the UK’s revised lockdown date until May 7, whereby a ‘mini pre-season’ is then planned prior to the campaign picking up from where it left off.

It, of course, all hinges on when it is safe to return as while training could still see social distancing measures in place, games taking place behind closed doors will still require mass testing and NHS personnel.