Pep Guardiola’s boys won their second successive Premier League trophy last season but suffered a painful defeat in the Champions League semifinal.
An injury-hit Liverpool side will take on Manchester City in the traditional curtain-raiser of English football on Saturday. The annual one-off contest at the King Power Stadium in Leicester will allow both teams to start the season with an opportunity to get their hands on the Community Shield. Last season, City won the Premier League title by the narrowest of margins over their Merseyside rival, while Liverpool won both domestic cups – Carabao Cup and FA Cup. The match on Saturday will ideally have little impact on the entire season, but both teams would like to start the campaign on a positive note.
|Liverpool vs Manchester City||Key Details|
|Date||30 July, 2022|
|Venue||King Power Stadium|
|Kickoff time India||9:30 pm|
|Kickoff time England||5 pm|
|Match Referee||Craig Pawson|
The Reds endured major heartbreaks towards the end of last season as they lost two major titles by the slimmest of margins. In the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp’s boys had to settle for second place after Manchester City’s astonishing last-day comeback. Then they lost the Champions League final 1-0 to Real Madrid. Liverpool might have won two domestic cups, however, a season that promised so much did not end the way they would have anticipated.
Liverpool’s form in the pre-season has also been a mixed one. After starting with a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, they won two games but lost their last friendly to Red Bull Salzburg. On the other hand, Manchester City are coming into this clash on the back of a narrow victory over German champions Bayern Munich. Pep Guardiola’s boys won their second successive league trophy last season but suffered a painful defeat in the Champions League semifinal. They also lost the FA Cup last-four clash to their upcoming opponents, hence, City will be keen to enact revenge on Saturday.
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The absentee list is a lot higher for Liverpool than City ahead of the curtain raiser. A hamstring injury is set to keep Diogo Jota out of the Community Shield battle. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kostas Tsimikas could also join him on the sidelines. Meanwhile, there are also question marks over the participation of Calvin Ramsay and Caoimhin Kelleher. On a positive front, Alisson Becker might well be in line to recover from his abdominal concern and start the match on Saturday. If he does not make it on time, then the gloves might fall into the hands of Adrian.
The biggest arrival for Liverpool in this transfer window is centre-forward, Darwin Nunez. He showed glimpses of his ability during the four-goal display over RB Leipzig. He will fight it out with Roberto Firmino to lead the line. Meanwhile, Manchester City had concerns over the fitness of their centre-backs. However, it looks like Ruben Dias could be involved in the clash but the same cannot be said for Aymeric Laporte. New signings Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips could start for them, while Julian Alvarez might be pushed to the bench.
Liverpool possible line-up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Diaz, Nunez
Manchester City possible line-up: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, Phillips, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Grealish, Haaland
The Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City will take place at King Power Stadium on Saturday at 9:30 pm IST.
The live coverage of the upcoming Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City will be available to watch on ITV1 in the UK. Besides, the Indian audience can view the game on the SONY TEN network and the live streaming of the match will also be shown on the SonyLiv app and website. Further details can be found on their official club website.