Liverpool received the curtain raiser to the 2022/23 season with a hard-earned 3-1 win towards Manchester City within the Community Shield.
Jurgen Klopp’s males regarded a lot sharper than their Premier League-winning opponents and finally confirmed their high quality to win on the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah got here near breaking the impasse after dancing previous Joao Cancelo as he reduce in from the correct, however he solely discovered the aspect netting.
Kevin De Bruyne additionally hit the again of the web at the opposite finish after Salah’s unfastened go on the again, though the Belgian’s fierce shot was deflected behind Virgil van Dijk.
A cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold was cleverly positioned on Andy Robertson’s head, however the Scotsman couldn’t hold the trouble on the unsuitable aspect of the submit.
Ederson was first referred to as into motion when he acquired a glove on Jordan Henderson’s cross which was destined to be headed in by Luis Diaz as a breathless first half continued.
And Liverpool took the lead when Alexander-Arnold was freed on the sting of the field and curled one in off the far submit, with Nathan Ake taking a minor deflection on the way in which by.
Having made simply three touches within the opening 25 minutes, Erling Haaland missed two wonderful probabilities to equalize quickly after, first taking pictures straight at Adrian earlier than diving up for an acrobatic volley and failing to make clear contact with the ball.
Just after the break, Riyad Mahrez managed to hold out Robertson after assembly Rodri’s intelligent ball excessive, however he was off steadiness when he struck the ball and it was handled by Adrian.
Substitute Darwin Nunez virtually doubled Liverpool’s lead after catching City napping on the again, however his try to outthink Ederson was denied by the Brazilian’s face.
Pep Guardiola’s males had been initially denied an equalizer when Kevin De Bruyne’s by ball to Phil Foden earlier than Julian Alverez poked the ball previous Adrian on the second try, however City had been awarded the purpose after a prolonged VAR evaluate.
Liverpool had been outraged when Nunez’s header clearly hit the arm of Ruben Dias however was denied a penalty by referee Craig Pawson, however after reviewing the incident he awarded the Reds a spot-kick.
Salah stepped as much as take and picked out the underside nook to revive Liverpool’s lead with seven minutes remaining. And the Reds cruised to victory in stoppage time when Salah’s cross was headed again throughout purpose by Robertson for Nunez to go residence.
With just about the final kick of the recreation, Haaland by some means fired over from six yards when confronted with just about an open web with Adrian stranded on the ground after Foden hit the submit to compound City’s distress.
Nunez got here off the bench to attain / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
GK: Adrian – 4/10 – Very uncomfortable on the ball and positively must have dealt with Alvarez’s purpose.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10 – Took his purpose very effectively and was a risk in assault, however once more was suspect defensively, particularly the cease within the lead as much as City’s equaliser.
CB: Joel Matip – 7/10 – Don’t be afraid to enter the fray.
CB: Virgil van Dijk – 7/10 – He and Matip stored Haaland very, very quiet.
LB: Andy Robertson – 6/10 – A bit wasteful going ahead however was par for the course defensively.
DM: Fabinho – 6/10 – Wasn’t the imposing rock he could possibly be however he did not must be.
CM: Jordan Henderson – 5/10 – Ran round and led the press, however that was his solely significant contribution.
CM: Thiago – 8/10 – Controlled the midfield battle and did wonderful work at each ends of the pitch.
RW: Mohamed Salah – 9/10 – Made Cancelo’s life depressing and was finally rewarded with a purpose from the spot.
CF: Roberto Firmino – 5/10 – Didn’t present an excessive amount of on the ball however launched deep and pressed effectively.
LW: Luis Diaz – 5/10 – Energetically wasteful. Demanded the ball loads however his finish product was severely missing.
SUB: Darwin Nunez (59′ for Firmino) – 8/10
SUB: Harvey Elliott (74′ for Henderson) – 5/10
SUB: James Milner (74′ for Alexander-Arnold) – 6/10
SUB: Naby Keita (85′ for Thiago) – N/A
SUB: Fabio Carvalho (90′ for Diaz) – N/A
SUB: Curtis Jones (90’+5 for Salah) – N/A
Alvarez opened his City account / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
GK: Ederson – 7/10 – Made a sequence of good stops and was unfortunate to not get a hand on Salah’s penalty.
RB: Kyle Walker – 7/10 – Shut off Diaz regardless of the Colombian seeing numerous possession.
CB: Ruben Dias – 4/10 – Didn’t do a lot unsuitable till his handball which was fairly silly. Lost the race to Nunez in stoppage time.
CB: Nathan Åke – 5/10 – Hard guilty him for the opening purpose however he hardly impressed confidence.
LB: Joao Cancelo – 4/10 – Had a nightmare attempting to include Salah and Alexander-Arnold.
RM: Riyad Mahrez – 6/10 – Carved out some respectable openings even though it regarded fairly sluggish.
CM: Rodri – 5/10 – A very unusual efficiency. Made the odd flashy go however acquired run over loads.
CM: Bernardo Silva – 6/10 – Demonstrated good approach as all the time however did not make sufficient of a tangible affect.
LM: Jack Grealish – 5/10 – Played it method too secure. Worked arduous off the ball however gave little spark on it.
AM: Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10 – His play did not all the time come off however he performed a key position within the equaliser.
CF: Erling Haaland – 4/10 – Isolated 90% of the time and could not type the toes the remaining.
SUB: Phil Foden (58′ for Mahrez) – 5/10
SUB: Julian Alvarez (58′ for Grealish) – 7/10
SUB: Ilkay Gundogan (74′ for De Bruyne) – 5/10