• Charley Longden

Everything you need to know, Predicted XI – Liverpool vs Manchester City in the Community Shield

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the 100th FA Community Shield this weekend. The match will be played at the King Power Stadium at 17:00 (BST) on Saturday the 30th of July. It is an opportunity for the Blues to win their seventh Community Shield and their third under Guardiola. The traditional curtain raiser will be broadcast live on ITV and will be streamed online on the ITV Hub.



 

Team News

In his press conference, Pep Guardiola confirmed that Aymeric Laporte is the only absentee after the Spain international underwent knee surgery at the end of last season, with the 28-year-old potentially out until September.


Predicted XI:


Ortega, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish

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Overview


Throughout history, City have had their fair share of success in the Community Shield, winning the competition six times. The Blues have played in this historic match 13 times in total, the first time being in 1934, a 4-0 loss to Arsenal. The most recent time was last season when City were beaten 1-0 by Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester. It was an 89th-minute penalty that was converted by former City man Kelechi Iheanacho that won the match for the Foxes. One year later, Guardiola’s men have the opportunity to correct last season’s mistake and claim their first trophy of the season.


The champions of England have had a short pre-season; however, it has been a promising one. Firstly, the Blues were able to get the better of Mexican side Club America in a 2-1 victory. Kevin De Bruyne looked as if he had never been away scoring two excellent goals to seal the win for City. The Belgian international captained the side on the night and led by example, playing with real authority and determination. De Bruyne will be hoping he can replicate his form from the 2019/20 season when the Belgian had the most assists, most through balls and most goals from outside the box in the league. He was also the first player to create 100+ chances from open play in a single season.

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The second match that City played in pre-season was a 1-0 victory over Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich. The excitement among City fans was high as Erling Haaland made his long-awaited debut for the club, and the Norwegian forward did not disappoint. It took just 12 minutes for Haaland to be on the scoresheet, finding a pocket of space and being in the right place at the right time, an excellent quality for a goal scorer to have. It was a brilliant piece of football from Jack Grealish, the England international turned away from his marker and delivered a sensational ball across the box for Haaland to put into Manuel Neuer’s goal.


The Blues have been incredibly busy throughout the summer transfer window, signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United, and Stefan Ortega from Arminia Bielefeld, with Julian Alvarez also joining over the summer following his winter transfer.


Although, most of the business for City has been going the other way. The Blues have sold some of the club’s star names in a huge squad shakeup, including Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksander Zinchenko. City have raised a reported £232 million through player sales in 2022 and are currently on a net profit of a reported £122 million.



 

Opponents


Liverpool have found great success throughout history in the Community Shield, lifting the trophy an impressive 15 times. Despite this, it has been over 15 years since the Reds last lifted the historic shield. Their last victory in this match was in 2006, a 2-1 win over Chelsea. The first time that Liverpool took part in this match was in 1922, a game they lost 1-0 to Huddersfield Town. Klopp is yet to win the Community Shield since he took charge of Liverpool in 2015, losing twice, once to City in 2019, and once to Arsenal in 2020.


Liverpool have had their share of ups and downs in pre-season. The Reds have played four matches so far, winning two and losing two. The most notable result was a 4-0 loss to bitter rivals Manchester United. Klopp’s men have shown glimpses of their attacking brilliance in pre-season, beating RB Leipzig 5-0 with new signing Darwin Nunez finding the back of the net four times.

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Liverpool’s last match in pre-season ended in a shock defeat to RB Salzburg. Klopp was forced to bring on his star names off the bench such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah, Luis Diaz, and Virgil Van Dijk in the 60th minute as his side were 1-0 down – however, they could not find the answer. Despite a rocky pre-season, it is likely that Liverpool have shaken off any rust and will be back to their energetic selves in time for Saturday’s match.


So far in the summer transfer window, Liverpool have signed three players. Darwin Nunez from Benfica, Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen, and Fabio Carvalho from Fulham. Like City, Liverpool have also seen plenty of big names leave the club, the most notable being Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich. Mane was an integral part of the Liverpool squad, the Senegal international scored 120 goals and provided 48 assists in his 259 matches in a Liverpool shirt. The Reds have also seen Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino, and Neco Williams leave the club on permanent transfers.

Liverpool will retain their busy pre-season schedule following the match with City, the Reds will take on French side Strasbourg the day after playing in the FA Community Shield. The Reds opted for a different tactic heading into the 2022/23 season, by playing six games before the new campaign starts, which is significantly more football than Guardiola's men. Klopp has seen his side pick up a couple of injuries during the pre-season however, and he confirmed that both Alisson and Diogo Jota are ruled out of the match with City.


 

Head-to-Head


Played: 220

Won: 58

Drawn: 56

Lost: 106


In recent years, the clashes between Manchester City and Liverpool have been modern classics. Undoubtedly the two best sides in English football, being led by arguably the two best managers in world football. It is only fitting that these two brilliant footballing teams get the 2022/23 season underway.


It was only three years ago in 2019 that these two sides faced off for the FA Community Shield. The Blues were victorious on the day after the game was forced to be decided on penalties following a 1-1 draw. City were successful in converting all 5 of their penalties, with Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum being denied by Claudio Bravo, meaning City were 5-4 victors in the shootout.


Ever since Guardiola and Klopp took charge of their retrospective clubs, both have been hugely successful in terms of winning trophies. Guardiola has won 11 trophies since coming to England in 2016. On the other hand, Klopp has led Liverpool to 8 trophies since moving to Merseyside in 2015. Klopp is on the hunt for his first ever FA Community Shield, although if the German manager is to be successful in this fete, he will have to be victorious over the man who has already won this trophy twice in England.



 

Officials


Referee: Craig Pawson

Assistants: Harry Lennard & Nick Hopton

Fourth Official: Darren England

VAR: John Brooks

Assistant VAR: Lee Betts

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Written by: @CharleyLongden


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