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Liverpool 3-1 Man City: Salah and Nunez clinch the Community Shield!

Another fiery battle between Liverpool and Man City resulted in a 3-1 victory for the Reds, with Darwin Nunez scoring to help bring home the Community Shield.

Liverpool 3-1 Man City

Community Shield, King Power
July 30, 2022

Goals

Alexander-Arnold 21′ (assist – Salah)
Alvarez 72′
Salah pen 83′ (assist – Nunez)
Nunez 94′ (assist – Robertson)


After handshakes, pageantry, boos for the national anthem and roars of ‘f*ck the Tories’, Liverpool began the Community Shield looking far sharper and fitter than Man City.

The Reds pressed high and in numbers, with Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz both particularly impressive from the off and going close to opening the scoring.

There were opportunities for City, too, with Kevin De Bruyne going close after a shaky clearance from Adrian, who thankfully grew into the game as stand-in for Alisson.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scores the first goal during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool got off the mark after just 21 minutes, with a brilliant flowing move cutting through a deep-sitting City defence and seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold clip home from the edge of the box via a Nathan Ake deflection.

Erling Haaland only had three touches off the ball in the first 35 minutes, but the Norwegian did have openings late on, denied by Adrian once and then fluffing another in the six-yard box.

HT: Liverpool 1-0 Man City

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There were no changes for either side at the break and it showed with a slower tempo for the opening 15 minutes, though Liverpool remained largely in control of proceedings.

Pep Guardiola was the first to turn to his bench with the introduction of Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez, and it was not long after that Jurgen Klopp sent on Darwin Nunez for the impressive Roberto Firmino.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez sees his shot saved by Manchester City's goalkeeper Ederson Santana de Moraes during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The No. 27 was immediately busy, and arguably should have made it 2-0 after five minutes on the pitch as he first won the ball then surged onto Jordan Henderson‘s pass, only to lose out in a one-on-one with Ederson.

City then grabbed an equaliser through strange circumstances, with VAR seemingly overlooking that Adrian had two hands on the ball before being challenged as Julian Alvarez eluded the offside flag to make it 1-1.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the second goal from a penalty kick during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But Liverpool got the winner with less than 10 minutes left to play, with Nunez’s header striking Ruben Dias’ arm and, after a ridiculously long VAR check, Salah hammered home to clinch the Community Shield.

That wasn’t it, though, with there still time for Nunez to net in the fourth minute of stoppage time – a brilliant header in the six-yard box to make it 3-1.

A 16th Community/Charity Shield win for the Reds – their first since 2006 – and Klopp has now won every domestic piece of silverware.


TIA Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah

Referee: Craig Pawson

Liverpool: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold (Milner 73′), Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson (Elliott 73′), Thiago (Keita 85′); Salah, Diaz (Carvalho 90′), Firmino (Nunez 59′)

Subs not used: Davies, Gomez, Konate

Man City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodrigo, Bernardo, De Bruyne (Gundogan 73′); Mahrez (Alvarez 58′), Grealish (Foden 58′), Haaland

Subs not used: Ortega, Stones, Mbete, Wilson-Esbrand, Phillips, Palmer

Next match: Strasbourg (H) – Friendly – Sunday, July 31, 7.30pm

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