This year’s Community Shield battle is between big boys Liverpool and Manchester City at King Power Stadium.
Liverpool takes on Manchester City after both the sides clinched the FA Cup and Premier League titles respectively last season. The battle between the two giants starts again this season, after a phenomenal battle between the sides last term, from the neutrals’ point of view neck to neck battle between the two, is fun to watch.
Moreover, this time, the battle becomes spicier. The world will witness for the first time two incredible young strikers Nunez and Haaland up against each other on Saturday.
Community Shield – Liverpool vs Manchester City: Preview
The fixture between Liverpool and Manchester City is fast becoming one of the most entertaining matches in European football.
The fixture has produced plenty of goals and excitement in the past and looks likely to repeat at the weekend in Leicester’s ground at King Power Stadium.
Liverpool have two wins and two defeats in the pre-season. Moreover, it seems the Reds are more prepared than City having played two games more in the pre-season than the Blues.
The recent games of the Reds showcased the team hasn’t changed its style of play. Klopp’s offensive line changed as Sadio Mane, Divock Origi, and Takumi Minamino left this summer. However, the South American duo of Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez is ready to make an impact on Liverpool’s game.
On the other hand, Manchester City have registered two victories in their two pre-season games so far. Citizens will be hoping their so-called goal machine Erling Haaland nets his first competitive goal for the club, moreover, register a trophy in his first official game.
Previously, when both sides met, both Klopp and Guardiola’s sides played two thrilling 2-2 games in the league. However, Liverpool defeated City 3-2 in the semi-final game of the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium. Sadio Mane’s double and Ibrahima Kounate’s header led to a commanding first-half lead.
Later in the final, Liverpool edged out Chelsea on penalties to lift the cup.
The last seven meetings have brought 28 goals and given this time both sides have a new attacking threat in the form of Darwin Nunez and Erling Haaland, it will be interesting to see who gets the better of who in the first meeting of the season.
The curtain raiser of the season, will it be Liverpool or Manchester City?
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson’s injury remains unclear whether the Brazilian will be fit for the City game. However, Jurgen Klopp has said the keeper has a chance to be fit on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Coimhin Kelleher, Calvin Ramsey, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, and Kaide Gordon are sidelined. Moreover, Kostas Tsimikas took a knock against Salzburg means the left-back will be out of action for the weekend.
Third-choice keeper Adrian looks likely to feature in between the post against City. Furthermore, Darwin Nunez is ready for his first competitive game for Liverpool.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Keita, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Nunez, Diaz
Liverpool vs Manchester City: What Anfield Home Predicts
The game at King Power Stadium is an obvious open and entertaining encounter, possibly with goals on both ends. But which team will win the 2022 FA Community Shield?
Bookmakers all over the world think it’s Manchester City, but we say it’s gonna be Liverpool. Man City arguably has the best team in the world, but time and time Klopp’s Liverpool were able to give a tough fight to mold results in the Reds’ favor.
With City’s three notable first-team players now gone, won’t be surprised with the Liverpool side carves their way to dominate the game. But penalties are a real possibility.
Liverpool looks likely to win over Manchester City. Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (Liverpool to win on penalties)