Liverpool beat City by knockout to take back the Community Shield / Community Shield / Liverpool-Manchester City (3-1) /

The season is officially launched. And it starts with hats on wheels for Liverpool. The FA Cup winner dominated the English champions to claim their third title of the year, and the sixteenth Community Shield in their history (3-1). A trophy that has eluded him since 2006.


Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City

Goals: Alexander-Arnold (21e), Salah (83e sp) and Núñez (90e+4) // Alvarez (70e)

Richard III was the last king of England to die in arms. In 1485, during the battle of Bosworth, in Leicestershire. Lands that saw the end of the reign of the Plantagenets, and perhaps the continuation of a fallen sovereign, Liverpool. The vice-champion of England and Europe announced the color by offering the head of his fiercest competitor, Manchester City, during the Community Shield. Without Alisson or Diogo Jota, but with Darwin Núñez, replaced at kick-off but more at the rendezvous than Erling Haaland.

Salah and Alexander-Arnold, right caviar

Jürgen Klopp’s players got into their game well, as did their supporters, who whistled God Save the Queen profusely, as usual. Very leggy, Mohamed Salah provided the first excitement of the match by hitting the side after catching a cold João Cancelo (4e). After a second, when he missed a hair with the precision of his control to present himself against Ederson (6e). Trent Alexander-Arnold, his partner on the right side of Red ones, continues to deteriorate. His well-formed cake found Andy Robertson at the far post, the Scotsman’s header then ending up in the side netting (14).e). No dice pass for the Scouser, but a goal, off a Salah service, as his curling right-footer hit the mark with the help of the post (21e).

Taken by the intensity imposed by his opponent, City sought to breathe, then to respond – when the tentacles of Thiago and Fabinho allowed it. Kevin De Bruyne tried his luck twice, but the ball was magnetized into the small net (8e25e). Back in the LFC cage for the first time in nine months, Alisson and Caoimhín Kelleher are not yet physically fit, Adrián did the job by rejecting the attempts of Erling Haaland (34e) and Riyad Mahrez (40e). Not yet fully accustomed to the English bath, the Norwegian also missed an aerial recovery in the penalty spot (34e). Under the cheers of Kop reddetermined not to let go and pushed his warriors.

In red and against all

Left on the same bases as he ended the first action, the champion of England immediately put the pressure on the opponent’s face. Adrián had to intervene again in front of Mahrez, who replaced Robertson (47e). Caoching playing time makes it possible to launch new arrivals on each side: Julián Álvarez on Sky bluesDarwin Núñez among Red ones. Applauding warmly, the Uruguayan immediately thought to get a penalty, but the linesman’s flag was raised (60e). He managed to present himself legally in front of Ederson, but the Brazilian goalkeeper stood in his way (64e). Álvarez, on the other hand, did not miss the chance to equalize when, after a reflex save in front of Phil Foden, Adrián failed to grab the ball (70e).

It didn’t take long: Núñez’s head, deflected by the arm of Rúben Dias, offered a penalty to Salah, who was not asked to convert (83e). The 157e goal as Red of Pharaoh, more than ever on the heels of Michael Owen (158 successes). In a late game that completely benefited Klopp’s men, Núñez (87e) and Robertson (88e) now has a chance to fold the drama. No success. Until the new number 27 placed a small butt on the head of Ederson’s nose and beard, letting his shirtless joy explode (90e+4). One last big miss from Haaland, and Liverpool can celebrate to the tune of the Three Little Birds. The seventh title of the Klopp era. The one that allowed him to complete his collection by participating in the Premier League, the two national cups, the Champions League, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup in the showcase. The Champions Wall is still due for a minor facelift. And it probably won’t be the last.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Adrian – Alexander-Arnold (Milner, 74e), Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson – Fabinho, Thiago (Keita, 85e), Henderson (Elliott, 73e) – Salah (Jones, 90e+5), Firmino (Núñez, 59e), Diaz (Carvalho, 90e). coach : Jurgen Klopp.

Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson – Walker, Dias, Aké, Cancelo – Rodrigo, De Bruyne (Gündoğan, 73e), Silva-Grealish (Foden, 58e), Mahrez (Álvarez, 58e), Haaland. coach : Pep Guardiola.

By Quentin Ballue, of Leicester

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