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Liverpool vs Man City: Community Shield 2022 – LIVE!

English football’s two best sides renew hostilities in the Community Shield this afternoon as the 2022/23 season curtain-raiser heads to Leicester. The Women’s Euros final taking place at Wembley tomorrow means the fixture has been moved to the King Power Stadium, home of the current holders.

It is only two months since City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title by a single point on the final day for the second time after another thrilling title race, while the Reds triumphed in the FA Cup semi-final meeting. Pep Guardiola’s side have won back-to-back friendlies against Club America and Bayern Munich, while Liverpool’s pre-season campaign has been decidedly mixed, with a drubbing by Manchester United followed by wins over Crystal Palace and RB Leipzig and another loss to Red Bull Salzburg.

Plenty of attention will be on Erling Haaland, who starts for City, though direct comparisons with Darwin Nunez will have to wait at least initially as the Reds’ new front man is named among the substitutes. Liverpool are chasing their 16th Community Shield triumph, while City have lifted the trophy on six previous occasions. Follow the action live with Standard Sport’s blog below!

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KICK-OFF!

We are underway at the King Power!

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Just as well they got out a bit early – handshakes aplenty. Ian Rush among those making their way down the line of players. One of the mascots goes for a handshake and doesn’t get one. Tough scenes.

Pretty much time to get underway.

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Big smiles and handshakes in the tunnel, very friendly between the sets of players. Thiago and Rodri having a long conversation – both will be intending to see lots of the ball over the couple of hours.

Teams are out onto the pitch!

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Community Shield is a trophy that Klopp hasn’t been able to get his hands on since arriving in England. Liverpool last won it in 2006.

Manchester City won it in 2018 and 2019 – three years since that last success seems a long time by their standards!

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Nunez will “definitely” play a role

Jurgen Klopp confirms Darwin Nunez will “definitely” come off the bench and get some minutes.

Can expect plenty of changes from both sides during the match – only a week to go until the Premier League season starts but fitness levels certainly not at their peak yet.

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City to do it again?

Man City favourites to win this evening… and favourites to lift the Premier League title.

They’ve done it in four of the last five seasons and with a strong transfer window strengthening the squad, it would be no surprise if they were lifting the trophy in May once again.

Latest Premier League odds:

Manchester City City 4/7

Liverpool 11/5

Chelsea 13/1

Tottenham 14/1

Via Betfair.

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Firmino in the side

Roberto Firmino has been linked with a move to Juventus this summer, with his Liverpool future seeming uncertain.

But Jurgen Klopp has made it clear how important the Brazilian is to the squad, and he now starts today.

“Bobby is crucial for us, the heart and soul of this team,” Klopp said earlier this week.

“Everything looks really good and I am absolutely fine. For me, no doubt about his quality, so yes, he is essential for us.”

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Liverpool in the building!

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