Liverpool vs Man City – Community Shield: Live score, team news and updates


On this pulsating evidence, we’re set for another epic title race– and one that could have a different outcome in May.

Manchester City, champions in four of the last five years, weren’t short of class at the King Power but even their magicians were steamrollered in no uncertain terms by Jurgen Klopp’s trophy machines.

This was the third piece of silverware lifted by Liverpool in 2022 and completed their manager’s collection of domestic prizes.

Liverpool made a clear statement to Manchester City by winning the Community Shield 3-1 at the King Power on Saturday

New arrival Darwin Nunez scored a diving header in added time to make sure of the win and hand Liverpool a 3-1 advantage

New arrival Darwin Nunez scored a diving header in added time to make sure of the win and hand Liverpool a 3-1 advantage

Yes, the Community Shield is only a seasonal curtain-raiser but the intensity and quality on shown suggests the Merseysiders are going to hit the ground running, starting at Fulham next weekend.

After all the hype surrounding the two new glamour strikers, the competition between them wasn’t even close.

City golden boy Erling Haaland was given a start by Pep Guardiola and tested Virgil van Dijk in the first half before fading. By the end, he looked bewildered and somehow hit the crossbar from five yards when he should have scored easily.

In contrast, £85mililon Darwin Nunez was initially put on the bench by Klopp but ended up the hero.

Captain and veteran midfielder Jordan Henderson lifted the trophy at the end of his 450th appearance in a Liverpool shirt

Captain and veteran midfielder Jordan Henderson lifted the trophy at the end of his 450th appearance in a Liverpool shirt

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a superb long-range goal to hand the Reds a comfortable 1-0 lead at the end of the first-half

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a superb long-range goal to hand the Reds a comfortable 1-0 lead at the end of the first-half

But substitute Julian Alvarez fired Man City back on level terms in the 70th minute after VAR overturned his disallowed goal

But substitute Julian Alvarez fired Man City back on level terms in the 70th minute after VAR overturned his disallowed goal

He terrorised City with his pace when he arrived after 58 minutes. He won one penalty, maybe deserved another, and was brilliantly foiled by Ederson before sealing Liverpool’s win with a stooping header.

As the “Kop End” of Leicester’s stadium was engulfed in red smoke in full-time celebration, team-mate Andy Robertson quipped: ‘Not bad considering what people have been saying about him,’ – a reference to those who don’t see Nunez as a suitable replacement for Sadio Mane.

City won’t panic but the other 20 Premier League clubs should. These two teams finished 18 points ahead of the rest last season and the gap doesn’t look like closing any time soon.

Liverpool were sharper in the first half befitting the fact they’ve played four pre-season games compared to City’s two.

It was a tough-fought match as the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners looked for early season bragging rights

It was a tough-fought match as the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners looked for early season bragging rights

It was a frustrating afternoon for Man City’s star signing Erling Haaland who missed a sitter in the final moments of the match

Haaland joined Manchester City for £51m from Borussia Dortmund and is expected to thrive in Pep Guardiola's Man City team

Haaland joined Manchester City for £51m from Borussia Dortmund and is expected to thrive in Pep Guardiola’s Man City team

The only goal in the opening 45 minutes was a beauty. Thiago and Luis Diaz fed Mo Salah whose tap to Trent Alexander-Arnold on the edge of the box invited the defender to hit a rising first-time shot over Nathan Ake, Ederson and into the corner.

At the other end, Haaland had a couple of sniffs but was denied by a block from Virgil van Dijk and a parry from Adrian, playing his first game in Liverpool’s goal for nine months.

City were better after the interval but panicked once Nunez came on for Roberto Firmino. Ederson stopped his first one-on-one by clattering into Nunez, on the second occasion he made a great saved.

Phil Foden was more effective than the player he replaced, Jack Grealish. And it was his quick thinking that led to a debut equalising goal for City’s other strike newbie Julian Alvarez after 70 minutes.

Adrian parried Foden’s volley but as he tried to get both hands on the loose ball, Foden nipped in to tee up Alvarez for a Sergio Aguero-type finish.

At first the goal wasn’t given for offside but a lengthy VAR check decided everyone was legal when Kevin De Bruyne had initially crossed for Foden.

Mohamed Salah scored from the spot in the 83rd minute after Nunez forced a handball out of Man City defender Ruben Dias

Mohamed Salah scored from the spot in the 83rd minute after Nunez forced a handball out of Man City defender Ruben Dias

The marksman continued last season where he left off after sharing the Premier League golden boot with Son Heung-min

The marksman continued last season where he left off after sharing the Premier League golden boot with Son Heung-min

MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS

 Liverpool (4-3-3):  Adrian 6; Alexander-Arnold 8 (Milner 74), Matip 7, van Dijk 7, Robertson 6.5; Henderson 7.5 (Elliott 73 6), Fabinho 7, Thiago 7; Salah 8 (Jones 90), Firmino 6.5 (Nunez 58 8.5), Diaz 7 (Carvalho 90)

Subs unused: Davies (Gk), Gomez, Konate, Keita

Goals: Alexander-Arnold 21, Salah pen 83, Nunez 90

Booked: Nunez

Man City (4-3-3)  Ederson 6.5; Walker 7, Dias 6, Ake 6, Cancelo 5.5; De Bruyne 7 (Gundogan 73 6), Rodri 6, Bernardo 7; Mahrez 5.5 (Alvarez 58 7), Haaland 6.5, Grealish 5.5 (Foden 58 7)

Subs unused: Moreno (Gk), Stones, Phillips, Mbete, Palmer, Wilson-Esbrand

Goal: Alvarez 70

Booked: Dias

Referee: Craig Pawson 6

Technology returned, this time to help Liverpool, 13 minutes later. City skipper Ruben Dias had his arm outstretched when Nunez’s header struck. Referee Craig Pawson ruled accidental, but was persuaded to go over to the monitor and changed his mind. 

Mo Salah, who looked far shaper throughout than he did last season, tucked away the penalty with nonchalant ease.

With Liverpool 2-1 ahead, the injury-time finale was all about the centre-forwards. 

Nunez, who had received a bang on the ankle from Nathan Ake, showed he is made of tough stuff by continuing to make his runs, and got his reward when Robertson’s header across goal fell on his own forehead.

The game was up but Haaland’s woe wasn’t. Foden set the Norwegian up for a simple consolation and he fluffed his lines.

Guardiola said he wasn’t bothered. ‘Next time he will put it in the net so what is the problem,’ shrugged the City boss.

‘I am not concerned, he will score. He fought a lot today and made good movements. It is good form to see the reality of English football. He is mentally strong.’

Klopp admitted scoring in a major game so quickly in his Liverpool career will help Nunez.

‘You know that strikers are special species. Everyone needs positives and I think you could tell by Darwin’s face when he scored, how happy he was. I think he would have been fine without scoring because he’d already won us a penalty but it was the icing on the cake.

‘It is a joke how quickly everyone is judged in this world but that is how it is.’

Nunez made an incredible impact off the substitute's bench and scored Liverpool's third of the game deep into added time

Nunez made an incredible impact off the substitute’s bench and scored Liverpool’s third of the game deep into added time

Liverpool fans were delighted to see their new £85m-rated striker get off to an excellent start in the Community Shield clash

Liverpool fans were delighted to see their new £85m-rated striker get off to an excellent start in the Community Shield clash

Worryingly for the competition, Klopp thinks there is more to come from his players. ‘Neither team was 100 per cent in terms of their usual physical fitness but we were closer to full fitness than at this stage in previous years.

‘I think the game was a good watch. Darwin made an impact and the things we can improve, I am excited about it.’

With all the new glamour arrivals taking centre-stage, there was a timely reminder from Salah that he remains a hot property himself.

Stricken at the end of last season in the Champions League final, the Egyptian King looked fresh and energetic having signed a new long-term contract.

He tormented City’s left-back Joao Cancelo at times, twisting him inside-out in one attack before striking the side-netting.

Guardiola left £45million England midfielder Kalvin Phillips on the bench suggesting he has some way to go if he wants to take Rodri’s starting place.

The wily Klopp was clever to start Roberto Firmino up front with the Brazilian having Juventus among his suitors if he feels he won’t play enough football this season.

Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for the Community Shield clash between Liverpool and Manchester City at the King Power Stadium.  



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