Liverpool 3-1 Man City
Community Shield, King Power
July 30, 2022
Alexander-Arnold 21′ (assist – Salah)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
TIA Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah
Referee: Craig Pawson
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