Community Shield: Liverpool domine Manchester City, Nunez éclipse Haaland

Community Shield: Liverpool dominate Manchester City, Nunez eclipses Haaland

Liverpool got off to a good start in the new English season by beating arch-rivals Manchester City (3-1) in the traditional Community Shield on Saturday with a goal from star rookie Darwin Nunez that eclipsed clumsy Erling Haaland .

Exceptionally disputed in Leicester, due to the holding of the Women’s Euro football final at Wembley on Sunday, this match between the defending champion and the winner of the FA Cup obviously has a very low predictive value, but it has been full of promise for the coming season.

“City’s games against us are usually pretty cool to watch. We don’t always win them, but they are always entertaining… The main lesson for me today is that the boys are ready “, explained Jürgen Klopp after the match.

The Citizens also showed great things, even if Erling Haaland only found the top of the bar when he was seven meters from goal, with the goalkeeper on the ground, in added time (90 + 5).

The score, at that time, was already 3-1, and nothing says that this goal would have changed anything, but this failure remains unlikely for a player who had scored 86 times in 89 matches for Dortmund.

The question of the adaptation of the Norwegian prodigy, holder for this match, to the Premier League in general and to the game of City in particular will be one of the keys of the season for the defending champions.

His performance was also encouraging, if not fully satisfactory, given the lack of automatisms he has with his teammates.

He, for example, used his extraordinary physique to resist a return from Andy Robertson, before striking from the left, but Adrian, preferred to Alisson for this match, repelled his attempt well (34th).

A few seconds later, he was a little too short to take the outside of the foot a fleeing cross (35th).

However, there is little doubt that this relative lack of realism is quite temporary and that the English and European defenses will have everything to fear from the colossus this season.

The Reds, on the other hand, were able to celebrate the first goal in his new colors of the Uruguayan Darwin Nunez, who became this summer the biggest transfer in their history, for nearly 100 M EUR.

Returning on the hour mark in place of Roberto Firmino, “he was in almost all the dangerous situations of the second half, opening spaces for us that we were able to use. He was also at the finish, (c is) a good game”, appreciated Klopp.

The former Benfica player was at the conclusion of a very nice movement where Thiago Alcantara found Mohamed Salah on the right, whose cross was delivered from the head by Robertson for that, diving and at close range, from Nunez (3-1, 90+4).

A goal that ended City’s hopes of coming back in a match played for half an hour at a breakneck pace on both sides, before becoming more uneven afterwards.

The Reds had managed to take the lead on a wrapped strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold, served back by Salah, who had found the post returning from Ederson (1-0, 21st).

The Egyptian, who finally extended his contract on the banks of the Mersey this summer, also scored a penalty goal – caused by a header from Nunez, deflected from the hand by Ruben Dias – to restore the advantage to the his at the end of the match (2-1, 83rd).

Meanwhile, it was Julian Alvarez, another City rookie, who tied the teams in the 70th.

This first Community Shield of the Klopp era in any case launches in style what promises to be another neck and neck duel between the two best English teams, which almost seem to evolve in a separate division.

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