Liverpool suffered a second successive Community Shield loss on penalties as they fell 5-4 to Arsenal after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, kicking off 2020/21 in defeat.
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Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal (4-5 on pens)
Community Shield, Wembley
August 29, 2020
Goals: Minamino 73′; Aubameyang 12′
Virgil van Dijk poked home from a few yards out after a free-kick from the left, but he was just offside.
Liverpool then had most of the first-half possession and a succession of sights of goal, mostly from Andy Robertson crosses and runs down the left.
And it was the Japanese forward who had the quick impact, firing one shot from range straight at the ‘keeper and then scoring his first Liverpool goal with a well-taken, first-time finish after he and Salah attempted to combine in the box.
Mane then went close with another one-on-one and the Reds were completely dominant at this stage.
Curtis Jones replaced Firmino, but it was Joe Willock with a close-range header who had the next chance to win the match, only to send his effort well wide.
Minamino then thundered in a central penalty and Jones stepped up to take the fifth, finding the bottom corner, but Arsenal scored all five of theirs to leave the Reds mildly frustrated for the second Community Shield in a row.