The fixture list for the new Premier League season will be revealed on Thursday morning with both Manchester clubs expected to be omitted from the opening round of games.
Manchester United and Manchester City have been granted extra days off by the league after they both reached the last four of the Europa League and Champions League respectively.
It means Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo can properly recharge his batteries after a long campaign with the Red Devils who he joined from Shanghai Shenhua on an initial six-month loan that was then extended until the end of the year.
The 31-year-old will hope to return for the new season fully invigorated and ready to break his duck in the league after failing to find the net in 11 league appearances for United although he managed five goals in eight Europa League and FA Cup games.
The 2020-21 season will kick off on 12 September marking the quickest turnaround between two campaigns in Premier League history.
The 2019-20 season only finished on July 26 after a three month hiatus as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Liverpool won their first league championship in 30 years at the end of an extraordinary season.