Community Shield: Liverpool vs Man City – Match Preview

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Liverpool and Manchester City will be playing this season’s Community Shield. The curtain raiser game of English Football is played a weekend before the Premier League starts.

The Community Shield is played between the FA Cup winners and Premier League winners, but because Manchester City won both of these tournaments, Liverpool who finished second in the Premier League last season with a point will play the game against Manchester City.

Liverpool and Manchester City have given us some memorable games in recent years. The rivalry has been blooming since Klopp and Guardiola joined Liverpool and Manchester City respectively. Both the clubs went toe to toe till the last match day of the Premier League, fighting for the glory. Manchester City did manage to pip their rivals by a point for the Premier League title, but Liverpool ended their season by winning the Champions League three weeks later.

Liverpool haven’t made any senior signings this summer instead they have added a couple of young gems. Manchester City, on the other hand, finally got themselves a central midfielder who they can look up to as a successor for their talisman Fernandinho, Rodri.

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Liverpool: LLDLW

Jurgen Klopp’s men come into this game on the back of a victory against Lyon, that ended their poor run in this summer’s pre-season. Although you can’t judge a team on the basis of their performance in pre-season friendlies.

Manchester City: WLWW

Pep Guardiola’s squad have spent their pre-season this summer in Asia. Although they lost the Premier League Asia Cup trophy final to Wolves they have had a good pre-season. Players like De Bruyne who missed most of the last season on injury has looked good so far.

Players Report

Liverpool

The Klopp’s squad was boosted by the return of Salah, Firmino and Alisson in the last game against Lyon. Shaqiri and Keita also made their first appearance of the summer after returning from their respective injuries.

Only absentees for the Reds will be Sadio Mane and Nathaniel Clyne. Mane will report to training on Monday from holiday after leading his country to Afcon Final. While Clyne is the only injury absentee for Klopp.

Manchester City

The Brazilian trio Fernandinho, Jesus and Ederson returned to training on Tuesday along with Argentine duo Aguero and Otamendi. All these five players will be without any pre-season minutes in their legs ahead of the showdown on Sunday.

Only injury concern for the City will be Benjamin Mendy as he continues to recover from his injury.

Probable Lineups

Liverpool: 4-3-3

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum,; Salah, Origi, Wilson.

Manchester City: 4-3-3

Bravo; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva; B Silva, Sterling, Sane

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Stadium

Wembley Stadium, London

Match Prediction

Despite being without five top-quality players Manchester City still have enough fire power in their first-team. They will likely start with the players who were present during the pre-season and will look to bench after an hour to give some minutes to the likes of Aguero, Jesus and Fernandinho.

While Liverpool will likely try to get 60 minutes out of Salah to give them something in attack before introducing Firmino in the second half along with Chamberlain or exciting youngster Elliot on the right. This should be a good test for Liverpool’s attacking depth when Salah and Firmino both lack match fitness.

Both Klopp and Guardiola will be looking to start the season with a trophy.

Winning Odds: Bet365

Manchester City – 14/5

Liverpool – 10/11

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