English football’s new premier rivalry sees its newest instalment in the Community Shield, with both sides looking to make a serious statement
Hostilities between Liverpool and Manchester City will resume on Sunday as the champions of Europe face off against the champions of England in the Community Shield.
City’s haul of trophies and unprecedented tally of Premier League points in the last two seasons sees them start as English football’s unquestioned dominant force, but Liverpool are ready to crank up the pressure once again after last year’s breathless title race.
Neither manager will want to lose an early battle, neither team wanting to cede any momentum before the league season starts next weekend. Far from a friendly, who will come out on top?
|Game||Liverpool vs Manchester City|
|Date||Sunday, August 4|
|Time||3:00pm BST / 10:00am ET|
In the United States (US), the game can be watched on ESPN+, or listened to on SiriusXM FC.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultra HD, and available to stream on BT Sport Live.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 1/BT Sport Ultra HD||BT Sport Live|
|Goalkeepers||Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher|
|Defenders||Van Dijk, Matip, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez, Clyne, Hoever, Van den Berg, Phillips|
|Midfielders||Henderson, Milner, Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilson, Jones, Kent, Elliott, Chirivella, Ejaria|
|Forwards||Salah, Firmino, Mane, Shaqiri, Origi, Brewster, Awoniyi|
Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Origi.
|Position||Manchester City squad|
|Goalkeepers||Ederson, Bravo, Grimshaw|
|Defenders||Laporte, Stones, Otamendi, Walker, Danilo, Angelino, Mendy|
|Midfielders||De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D. Silva, B. Silva, Rodri, Foden, Zinchenko|
|Forwards||Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane, Mahrez|
Manchester City starting XI: Bravo; Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Zinchenko; Rodri, D. Silva, De Bruyne; B. Silva, Sterling, Sane.
Manchester City are 19/20 favourites to win this match with bet365 . Liverpool to win or a draw are both available at 29/10.
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Despite the build-up, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has played down the significance of this fixture – though he doesn’t believe it should be treated as a friendly .
During his time at Borussia Dortmund, Klopp beat Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side twice in Germany’s answer to this fixture, the DFL-Supercup – won again by Dortmund on Saturday night.
But Bayern’s supremacy in the Bundesliga during this time was unquestioned. Liverpool are desperate to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself in the Premier League.
“We won the Super Cup, but Pep won the league in these times,” he said. “It obviously didn’t help us or harm them because it was just a game.
“It’s one game and games are always influential but how much depends on the people involved. We try to get confidence and to use it. If not, then we have to deal with it and learn from it. That’s the situation.”
“The champions are the favourite. They lost [Vincent] Kompany and probably another one and they maybe do something, so they are still pretty consistent in the squad as well, a good age group as well, experienced. They are the clear favourite. How could we be favourite?”
City drew some derisive comments from other fans last season after referring to themselves as the ‘Fourmidables’, including their Community Shield win over Chelsea alongside their historic domestic treble.
However unusual, the fact remains that City won every trophy available to them on home soil. Guardiola isn’t a man who will accept his side taking their foot off the accelerator, even in a game with such a fluid definition of significance as this one.
New signing Rodri has been likened to Guardiola’s old Barcelona lynchpin Sergio Busquets , but perhaps more significant is the return of Kevin De Bruyne . He wants to make up for lost time after missing a significant portion of City’s games last season.
“It’s always important because it’s a trophy you can win and it sets the standard for the whole year,” the Belgian said. “You want to set the standard from the beginning.”
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