Just five weeks after the conclusion of the Premier League season, the Community Shield will be played between champions Liverpool and FA Cup winners Arsenal.
The Wembley showdown, which will be played without spectators due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is the traditional curtain-raiser for English football's top-flight campaign.
Both clubs are still effectively in their pre-season preparation phase but the prospect of winning more silverware should get heart rates going at Wembley on Saturday.
"After Arsenal, a lot of our players will go to the international games, so they have to play there then for their countries, so they now need proper training," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.
"The weekend will be tricky, but we will be as ready as possible."
The Reds go into the match with a full squad to choose from, including star defender Virgil van Dijk, who is fit despite suffering a head injury in a friendly with Salzburg.
With the Premier League season to kick off on September 12, Klopp will have to choose between playing a full-strength side or giving some players more rest.
Captain Jordan Henderson is still recovering full fitness after a knee injury while striker Rhian Brewster is pushing for a starting spot.
The 20-year-old is back at the club after a successful spell on loan at Swansea in the Championship and has impressed in pre-season.
Arsenal will have goalkeeper Bernd Leno available after injury while new signing Willian, who swapped Chelsea in west London for north London, will be in contention as will William Saliba, who joined from St Etienne in July.
Strength in depth will, as always, be crucial this season and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum said the players accept the principle of rotation.
"That's how it should be," he said.
"Now we have the fixtures we all know it's going to be a really difficult season with a lot of games, so a lot of players will play a lot of games.
"So if you have a lot of players who can bring quality to the pitch, it makes it even better for the team.
"We are really happy that the guys who came in, the young players, made the difference today."