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Team news: Haaland starts

Erling Haaland is the only summer signing to start for either team. Liverpool’s record signing Darwin Nunez is on the bench, as are Fabio Carvalho, Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega Moreno.

With Alisson and Caoimhin Kelleher injured, Adrian is in goal for Liverpool.

Liverpool (4-1-2-3) Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho; Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Diaz.
Substitutes: Davies, Gomez, Konate, Milner, Keita, Jones, Elliott, Nunez, Carvalho.

Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri; De Bruyne, Bernardo; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Stones, Gundogan, Alvarez, Foden, Mbete, Palmer, Wilson-Esbrand.

Erling Haaland is the only summer signing to start for either team. Liverpool’s record signing Darwin Nunez is on the bench, as are Fabio Carvalho, Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega Moreno.

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With Alisson and Caoimhin Kelleher injured, Adrian is in goal for Liverpool.

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Liverpool (4-1-2-3) Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho; Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Diaz.
Substitutes: Davies, Gomez, Konate, Milner, Keita, Jones, Elliott, Nunez, Carvalho.

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Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri; De Bruyne, Bernardo; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Stones, Gundogan, Alvarez, Foden, Mbete, Palmer, Wilson-Esbrand.

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What crazy hell kinda month do you call this? For the first time, the curtain is being raised on the new English season in July. The Community Shield has been played in April (don’t ask), May (see April), August, September and October (including the last time it wasn’t played in August, back in 1958), but never before in July. Welcome to 2022-23, a feast/slog like no other, with a World Cup for a winter break and a Champions League final in the middle of June.

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There’s only one way for it to start: with a meeting between the best two teams in England, perhaps the best in the world. (I appreciate Real Madrid would disagree, and their shiny, silver, 74cm, 11kg argument is a persuasive one.) The Community Shield between Liverpool and Manchester City is being played at Leicester’s King Power Stadium, because Wembley is booked for a festival tomorrow.

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For reasons too boring to explain, mostly involving the FA Cup, this is only the second Community Shield involving City and Liverpool. But they have dominated English football for the last four or five years, and their rivalry is the greatest in this country since Arsenal and Manchester United saw each other out there.

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Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have set obscene standards, making 90+ points the norm rather than the exception. Now they are aiming even higher by signing classical centre-forwards. There’s nothing false about Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez, a pair of nines who are as true as a dying man’s final words.

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Evolving a great team comes with risk (see: Juan Veron and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack, even Ian Wright), but the main reaction to the signings of Haaland and Nunez is excitement – for the teams involved, for the Premier League and for the folk who keep goalscoring records.

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If the presence of Haaland and Nunez (and Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Fabio Carvalho) isn’t a decent selling point for an otherwise underwhelming fixture, then I don’t know what is. Today is our first chance to see them in a semi-competitive game; to compare and contrast and despair when Andy Carroll starts trending on Twitter.

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Kick off 5pm.

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Key events

15 min Nothing much to report about Erling Haaland so far. I can only remember a couple of touches, though his movement has been sharp whenever City have put the ball in from wide areas.

14 min: Chance for Liverpool After a long passing move, Alexander-Arnold’s teasing cross is headed into the side netting by Robertson. The angle was tight and on reflection he should have headed it back across goal for somebody else.

13 min Liverpool have been much the hungrier side. That isn’t a criticism of City – this is essentially a pre-season game – but interesting to note. Ultimately they lost the league last year because of dropped points in the first half of the season; I suspect this time they will start as they did in 2019-20, when even games in August were must-win.

9 min The resulting corner is played short and eventually headed wide by Ake, who saw it late because of van Dijk jumping in front of him. Still a half chance though.

8 min Saying which, De Bruyne’s shot from the edge of the area takes a nick off van Dijk and brushes the side netting.

8 min Liverpool have made a really good start, and not just in transition. At the moment they are dominating possession.

6 min Salah, who was relatively subdued towards the end of last season, already looks ridiculously sharp.

4 min: Chance for Liverpool Fabinho sprays a crossfield pass to Salah, who stretches to keep it in play and then scurries infield. He beats Cancelo with ease just inside the area and whips a shot into the side netting. That was a scintillating burst from Salah. He might have been trying to dummy Ederson, who would have been anticipating a curler towards the far post.

3 min Henderson’s first-time cross slips under Rodri’s foot and reaches Diaz, whose snapshot is blocked by, well, Dias.

2 min “Unfortunately, not able to watch the game today,” says Matt Dony. “Has Haaland scored yet? I’m expecting his presence to make it a very long year for everyone who isn’t Man City. (Feels wrong for this kind of pessimism to hit me before July has finished.)”

A welcome message for Manchester City’s Erling Haaland is towed over the King Power Stadium.
A welcome message for Manchester City’s Erling Haaland is towed over the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

1 min Peeeeeeeeep peeeeeeeeeeeeeee! The 2022-23 season (top flight, English, men’s) is under way.

Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson lead Liverpool onto the field, then Pep Guardiola and Ruben Dias do likewise with City. Let’s get this 11-month party started.

The Liverpool players take to the pitch.
The Liverpool players take to the pitch. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters
Players of Liverpool and Manchester City line up prior to The FA Community Shield.
Both teams line up. Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

“No!” says Zach Neeley. “No!! Funny thing is, best argument for a super league is probably Bayern, the big club most stalwartly against it. Even lopsided La Liga has two at the top, Atletico at their heels, and a couple other competing clubs. Bundesliga feels pointless.”

“Ah, Rob,” weeps Ian Copestake. “Mane is missed. The way his approach to the box could put defenders on their backsides with a mere shimmy of his muscle-only frame leaves his replacements filling a huge hole. I might even watch a Bayern game just to say hello.”

He’s such a big-game player, too, and far subtler than is often recognised. I’ve never seen a pass quite like the one for Mo Salah against Man Utd last season.

“I’m unconvinced by Madrid’s claim to being the best in Europe,” says Zach Neeley. “Their piling up of European Cups this last decade while consistently being outplayed is proof to me that tournaments are for fun, the league campaign shows who is best.”

Is this a subtle way of saying we need a European Super League?

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Pre-match reading

Team news: Haaland starts

Erling Haaland is the only summer signing to start for either team. Liverpool’s record signing Darwin Nunez is on the bench, as are Fabio Carvalho, Julian Alvarez, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega Moreno.

With Alisson and Caoimhin Kelleher injured, Adrian is in goal for Liverpool.

Liverpool (4-1-2-3) Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho; Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Diaz.
Substitutes: Davies, Gomez, Konate, Milner, Keita, Jones, Elliott, Nunez, Carvalho.

Manchester City (4-1-2-3) Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri; De Bruyne, Bernardo; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Stones, Gundogan, Alvarez, Foden, Mbete, Palmer, Wilson-Esbrand.

Both teams have also sold big players this summer: Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino – and the mighty Sadio Mane, whose departure deserved more fanfare. The coverage made it feel like just another biggish transfer, rather than the departure of an all-time great. As ever, Jurgen Klopp found the right words.

Preamble

What crazy hell kinda month do you call this? For the first time, the curtain is being raised on the new English season in July. The Community Shield has been played in April (don’t ask), May (see April), August, September and October (including the last time it wasn’t played in August, back in 1958), but never before in July. Welcome to 2022-23, a feast/slog like no other, with a World Cup for a winter break and a Champions League final in the middle of June.

There’s only one way for it to start: with a meeting between the best two teams in England, perhaps the best in the world. (I appreciate Real Madrid would disagree, and their shiny, silver, 74cm, 11kg argument is a persuasive one.) The Community Shield between Liverpool and Manchester City is being played at Leicester’s King Power Stadium, because Wembley is booked for a festival tomorrow.

For reasons too boring to explain, mostly involving the FA Cup, this is only the second Community Shield involving City and Liverpool. But they have dominated English football for the last four or five years, and their rivalry is the greatest in this country since Arsenal and Manchester United saw each other out there.

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have set obscene standards, making 90+ points the norm rather than the exception. Now they are aiming even higher by signing classical centre-forwards. There’s nothing false about Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez, a pair of nines who are as true as a dying man’s final words.

Evolving a great team comes with risk (see: Juan Veron and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack, even Ian Wright), but the main reaction to the signings of Haaland and Nunez is excitement – for the teams involved, for the Premier League and for the folk who keep goalscoring records.

If the presence of Haaland and Nunez (and Kalvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and Fabio Carvalho) isn’t a decent selling point for an otherwise underwhelming fixture, then I don’t know what is. Today is our first chance to see them in a semi-competitive game; to compare and contrast and despair when Andy Carroll starts trending on Twitter.

Kick off 5pm.



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