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

The season is officially launched. And it starts on the hats of 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 had eluded him since 2006.


Liverpool 3-1 Manchester City

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

Richard III is the last king of England to die in arms. It was in 1485, during the battle of Bosworth, in Leicestershire. Lands that saw the end of the reign of the Plantagenets, and perhaps the resumption of that 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, replacing at kick-off, but more at the rendezvous than Erling Haaland.

Salah and Alexander-Arnold, right caviar

Jürgen Klopp’s players entered their match well, like their supporters, who copiously whistled the God Save the Queen, as is now customary. Very leggy, Mohamed Salah passed the first thrill of the game by hitting the side after having caught a cold João Cancelo (4e). Then a second, when he missed a hair of accuracy in his control to present himself against Ederson (6e). Trent Alexander-Arnold, his partner on the right side of the Reds, continued the undermining. His well-shaped patty found Andy Robertson at the far post, the Scotsman’s header then ending in the side netting (14e). No dice pass for the Scouserbut a goal, on a service from Salah, since his curled right hit the mark with the help of the post (21e).

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

In red and against everything

Left on the same bases as at the end of the first act, the English champion immediately put pressure on the opposing surface. Adrián again had to intervene in front of Mahrez, who had taken over Robertson (47e). Coaching for the hour of play made it possible to launch newcomers on each side: Julián Álvarez with the SkybluesDarwin Núñez among the Reds. Warmly applauded, the Uruguayan immediately thought of obtaining a penalty, but the linesman’s flag was rightly raised (60e). He was then able 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 opportunity to equalize when, after a reflex save in front of Phil Foden, Adrián failed to seize the ball (70e).

Not for long: the head of Núñez, diverted by the arm of Rúben Dias, offered a penalty to Salah, who was not asked to convert (83e). The 157e aim as a Red of the Pharaoh, more than ever on the heels of Michael Owen (158 achievements). In a late game totally to the advantage of Klopp’s men, Núñez (87e) and Robertson (88e) have in turn had the opportunity to bend the game. Without success. Until the new number 27 placed a little head butt on Ederson’s nose and beard, letting his shirtless joy explode (90e+4). One last big miss from Haaland, and Liverpool could celebrate to the tune of Three Little Birds. The seventh title of the Klopp era. The one that allows him to complete his collection by joining 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 will still be entitled to a minor facelift. And chances are it 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 : Jürgen 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, in Leicester


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