Nunez shines as Liverpool wins Community Shield is news of the day. Liverpool defeated Manchester City 3-1 in the Community Shield to head into the new Premier League season with the advantage. For Jurgen Klopp’s team, Darwin Nunez made an immediate impact. He came off the bench to win a penalty and score his first goal since moving from Benfica for $77 million. In contrast, City’s debutant Erling Haaland had a forgettable performance. Arnold struck in the second half to give Liverpool the advantage over Leicester at half time. Despite being down 1-0 at the break, City’s Julian Alvarez equalised for Pep Guardiola’s men.
The signing of Mohamed Salah to a new three-year contract by Liverpool was the club’s other major move this summer. Ruben Dias handled Nunez’s header in the box, and the Egyptian stepped up to score the ensuing penalty kick. By kneeling down in stoppage time, the Uruguayan then had his own moment of glory, tearing off his shirt in celebration. This was Liverpool’s first victory in the traditional season-opener since 2006. As a result, they set the tone for what is sure to be another exciting Premier League title race. Manchester City won the Premier League for the fourth time in five years by defeating Liverpool by one point at the end of last season. To beat Aston Villa on the final day of the season, Pep Guardiola’s team had to come back from a 2-0 deficit. They had a sluggish start as well.
Nunez shines as Liverpool wins Community Shield
As a result of a slight deflection off Dias, Alexander-Arnold blasted in off the post after Salah laid Thiago Alcantara’s crossfield pass back to the edge of the box. In comparison to Liverpool’s four preseason friendlies, Manchester City had played just two, and it took them half an hour to get going. When Haaland had his first shot on goal, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian was there to deny him. Joao Cancelo’s cross was inviting. But the Norwegian was unable to get a proper connection on the ball. On the hour mark, Nunez was given a chance to shine, but he wasted it when Ederson won a one-on-one.
After Adrian had saved Phil Foden’s initial effort, Alvarez was the first to react to the rebound, and the goal stood following a VAR review for offside. Seven minutes from time, Liverpool’s lead was once again restored after another VAR intervention. After watching a replay of Nunez’s header rebound off Dias’ arm, referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot. Although Ederson went the right way, Salah was as deadly as ever from a distance of 12 yards, drilling a shot into the lower left corner. Andy Robertson’s cross was headed across goal by Nunez, and he pounced on it to secure the win. City’s dreadful day didn’t finish there, as Haaland missed a golden opportunity to open his account in English football in stoppage time when the goal gaping deep in stoppage time.