From Riise’s rocket to sharing a trophy with Man United – Liverpool’s last 5 Community Shield appearances

2 August 2019

The Community Shield, formerly the Charity Shield, is a match every club wants to qualify for as doing so means you must have achieved something the previous season.


The Reds have won the trophy 15 times (five of them shared) since their first appearance in the game in 1964, playing as either league champions or FA Cup holders.

With Manchester City having won the domestic treble last season, Jurgen Klopp‘s side have a chance to pick up some silverware courtesy of finishing second in the league last season. A win would be the Reds’ first in this match in 13 years.

Here’s how our last five Community/Charity Shield appearances played out.

 

Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea (2006)

CARDIFF, WALES - SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th, 2006: Liverpool's Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard lift up the trophy after the Community Shield match against Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool approached the 2006/07 season full of confidence, as dreams of ending the league title drought hovered prominently in the minds of supporters.

Having won the FA Cup in dramatic fashion the previous year, inspired by Steven Gerrard, they took on Chelsea in the Community Shield.

The rivalry between the two clubs was bitter, with Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho at loggerheads and the west Londoners brimming with wealth and arrogance.

It was the Reds who prevailed at the Millennium Stadium, however, as John Arne Riise’s stunning solo run and shot opened the scoring early on.

Although new Chelsea star signing Andriy Shevchenko equalised, Peter Crouch earned victory for Liverpool with 10 minutes remaining.

An impressive season followed at Anfield, culminating in Liverpool reaching a second Champions League final in three years, but they ended the campaign without a trophy after losing to AC Milan in Athens.

 

Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool (2002)

Arsenal sealed the league and FA Cup double in 2001/02, and by virtue of finishing as runners-up in the league, Liverpool faced the Gunners in the first-ever re-branded Community Shield.

It wasn’t exactly an occasion that will live long in the memory, especially as the Reds suffered a rare defeat at the Millennium Stadium.

New Arsenal signing Gilberto Silva scored the only goal and a lacking performance from the Reds gave supporters a taster of what was to come.

While many expected Liverpool to thrive in 2002/03, on an apparent upward trajectory under Gerard Houllier, they went backwards.

The fifth-place finish was the beginning of the end for the Frenchman, who would be replaced by Benitez in 2004.

 

Liverpool 2-1 Man United (2001)

The 2000/01 season was one of Liverpool’s most successful in history, thanks to Houllier’s men securing a cup treble.

Their last-gasp victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup final set up a Charity Shield meeting with Man United – the final time it would be known as that.

Alex Ferguson’s side were a dominant outfit at that point, but the Reds had a stranglehold on them in head-to-heads, beating them on both occasions in 00/01.

They continued their good form against them in Cardiff, suggesting they were ready to go toe-to-toe with them in the Premier League.

Gary McAllister’s penalty and a Michael Owen strike saw Liverpool 2-0 up in no time, and although Ruud van Nistelrooy pulled a goal back early in the second half, Houllier’s side held on.

Although they couldn’t pip Arsenal to the title that season, as mentioned, they clinched a runners-up spot, finishing above United for the first time since the Premier League‘s inception in 1992.

 

Leeds United 4-3 Liverpool (1992)

Rob Jones, Liverpool

One of Liverpool’s more forgotten trophy wins was the 2-0 FA Cup final triumph over Sunderland in 1992 – perhaps because it came during a forgettable period under Graeme Souness.

The victory at Wembley secured a Charity Shield meeting with First Division champions Leeds United.

A certain Eric Cantona gave Leeds the lead in the first half, prior to his game-changing move to United, before Ian Rush scored his obligatory Wembley goal.

Tony Dorigo and Dean Saunders exchanged efforts and Cantona completed his hat-trick with two late strikes, making Gordon Strachan’s last-gasp own goal meaningless.

It would be the last time Liverpool played in the Charity Shield for nine years, as they spent a period in the footballing wilderness.

 

Liverpool 1-1 Man United (1990)

Liverpool's Ronnie Whelan and Manchester United's Steve Bruce with the Charity Sheild

It was Liverpool’s bitter rivals who they again faced in 1990, three months after securing their 18th – and sadly, most recent – league title.

United had won the FA Cup and were an emerging force under Ferguson, as a period of dominance lay ahead for them.

Bizarrely, the trophy was shared at Wembley, as the pair of adversaries played out a 1-1 draw, with Clayton Blackmore and John Barnes (penalty) exchanging goals.

Extra-time and penalties were not introduced in the Charity Shield until 1992, so that was that!

The 1990/91 campaign was a pivotal one at Liverpool, as Sir Kenny Dalglish dramatically resigned in February of that season.

An era of greatness had ended at Anfield.

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