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Liverpool vs Manchester City at King Power Stadium

King Power Stadium Referee : Craig Pawson
30th July 2022 5:00 PM (BST)
  • 3 Liverpool

    • ‘21' Trent Alexander-Arnold
    • ‘83' Mohamed Salah (Pen)
    • ‘90'+4' Darwin Núñez
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘70' Julián Álvarez


Commentary By John Edwards


Signing off

That's all from me this evening. You can check out all the post-match reaction below. 

The 2022 Community Shield ends in defeat for City. Despite our best efforts, Liverpool had too much for us in the season-opener, but there were positives to take. 

Julian Alvarez got a debut goal and Erling Haaland's movement looked sharp ahead of the new campaign. 

It's onto the Premier League opening day now, when we travel to West Ham for a 16:30 (UK) kick-off on Sunday 7 August. 

You can follow all the build-up and match action right here on the official website and app, so join us then. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Blues. 


Guardiola on Haaland

"He had chances - two or three in the first half and one at the end. He fought a lot and made the movements. It’s good for him to see the reality of the new country, new league. He was there. Today he didn't score - another day he will score."


Nathan Ake: Penalty made it difficult

"I think [it was] two very good teams, so it was always going to be tough. It is difficult to take. There were period where we played well, periods where they were better, but I think after the 2-1 it became difficult.

"To be fair, after the 1-1 we played well, before that as well. We kept the ball well, we created chances and big opportunities. After the 2-1 it was difficult to come back. Defensively they were solid."


More from Pep: We have to improve

"We’ve had two weeks and a few more days now until we start [the season]. I said to the players, I am proud of how they gave everything. 

"We have to improve. The timing is not much what we have to do, especially the fact we need this month training and games to get our tempo and we will do it."


Pep Guardiola: We created enough to win

"Congratulations to Liverpool. The first 15/20 minutes they were better. After we got our game and it was quite similar the last 25 minutes, we arrive when they left space and tried to attack. 

"In the second half we started really well. Our game was there. We were really good against this team., even in the first half we created enough chances to do it."


Steve Howey on Alvarez

"It’s the first time I’ve seen Alvarez and I think he could be a star in the making. He does have the mannerisms for me, a little bit like Aguero and if he is halfway near as good as Aguero was, then you have got an absolute top striker on your hands."


Shaun Goater: Alvarez goal a confidence boost

"I am pleased for him as a striker coming on because he will be sat there knowing he is a big striker and wanting to get more minutes. The fact he has come on and scored will be huge for his confidence."


Steve Howey's reaction

"That will have hurt the City players, without a doubt. You have got two teams that will be vying for the charity and then of course you’ve got two strikers in the newspapers and all the media, which is Nunez and Haaland. 

"Haaland misses a big chance, Nunez gets a chance and scores. Individually it will be hurting them and as a team. The manager will be using that to say, ‘you know what it feels like, let’s turn this into a positive,’ and I think they will."


Full-time: Liverpool 3-1 City

Julian Alvarez gets his first goal for City, but it's not enough to stop Liverpool, who had Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez on target. 

The Argentine levelled the scores in the 70th minute following Alexander-Arnold's first-half opener, but a Salah penalty restored Liverpool's lead before Nunez headed in a third in stoppage time.


Off the bar!

Erling Haaland has got his head in his hands and he'll be disappointed to have missed that one.

The Norwegian is quickest to react after Adrian can only parry Foden's low drive back into the six-yard box but he blazes his effort off the top of the bar. 


Goal. Liverpool 3-1 City (Nunez)

Nunez wraps up the game for Liverpool with a diving header which diverts Andy Robertson's knock down beyond Ederson. 



Haaland has the ball in the back of the net, but it won't count. 

The Norwegian lashed home from close range, but the ball had gone out of play in the build up despite Foden's best efforts.


Time ticking away

Liverpool are happy to slow things down. Milner takes a short corner to Salah and delays the cross.

When it arrives, he picks out Nunez, who rises highest but glances his header the wrong side of the post. 

City need to get hold of the ball, here.


Penalty given

It's a penalty for Liverpool. 

The City players aren't happy and Joao Cancelo gets a yellow card for his protests. 

Mo Salah places the ball on the spot...



Darwin Nunez is convinced Liverpool should have a penalty. 

The Uruguayan plants a header across goal from Salah's cross and it catches Ruben Dias' outstretched hand as the Portuguese tries to make a block.

It looked as if the header was going wide, but Craig Pawson has gone to the pitch-side monitor to check...


Tide turning?

There's been a shift in the ascendency since Alvarez's goal, with City enjoying more control. 

Twelve minutes to get a goal or it's straight to penalties. 



Changes for both sides after that goal. 

Gundogan replaces De Bruyne in midfield.

Milner and Elliott come on for Alexander-Arnold and Henderson.


GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 City (Alvarez)

It's been given! 

City are level and it's debut delight for Alvarez. 

Foden kept it alive, challenging Adrian as the keeper tried to regain the ball after parrying the midfielder's initial effort, and the Argentine reacted quickest to lash home on the rebound.

Get in!



City have the ball in the back of the net and it could be a dream debut for Julian Alvarez.

He pokes home from two-yards after Adrian parries Foden's volley but the assistant referee's flag is up immediately, ruling the Academy graduate to be offside as he received De Bruyne's cross.

It's being checked by VAR...

Club Journalist Jack Mumford at the King Power

"Bringing Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez lifted the City fans in the ground and has given us some fresh impetus. They are instantly trying to get inside their full-backs.

"The game has been incredibly stretched in the second half, with Kevin De Bruyne given license to roam into any pocket of space he can find.

"Pep and Klopp continue to prowl the touchline, although they are yet to interact with each other.

"With 20 minutes to go, no one has left their seat. Let’s hope we’re in for a big finish to this one."


Big save

Excellent from Ederson who makes himself big to deny Nunez with his face.

It's a painful one for the Brazilian, but he won't care, racing off his line to make a crucial block as the Reds' striker tried to lift the ball over him.

It's a massive chance for the Reds, but City survive.



Superb from Kevin De Bruyne.

He spots Kyle Walker's run on the opposite side of the pitch and curls a crossfield ball in behind Robertson.

Walker tries to steer it back into the path of Alvarez on the volley but his connection is just off. 

Promising stuff. 


Straight in

Nunez is involved immediately as he races onto Robertson's ball over the top.

Ederson comes racing out and gets a hand to the ball as the Uruguayan tumbles. He looks at the referee in hope of a penalty, but the assistant's flag is up. Offside. 



Pep Guardiola makes a double change, with Julian Alvarez coming on for his debut.

The Argentine and Phil Foden replace Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez. 

There's a debut for Liverpool, too, as Jurgen Klopp makes his first substitution.

Dawin Nunez replaces Roberto Firmino.



Liverpool are on top again here, enjoying a decent spell of possession.

Goalscorer Alexander-Arnold is looking particularly sharp and Rodrigo and Bernardo had to be alert to block his left-footed effort as he found a yard of space inside the area.



Mahrez is penalised for a robust challenge on Diaz, which allows Robertson to deliver from a dangerous area on the Liverpool left.

It's whipped in at pace but Ake gets up well to head clear.



Brilliant start from City!

Rodrigo sends a ball over the top for Mahrez, whose wondeful control brings him inside Robertson and allows him to get a shot off. 

He doesn't get as much power as he'd like, though, and Adrian gets his hands in the way to parry the effort.

A great move - more of that please!


Club Journalist Jack Mumford at the King Power

"There’s no denying we were second best for much of that first half, but we did grow into it and Erling Haaland has had a couple of chances.

"I’d expect some changes on both sides in the second half, so hopefully a few of the players on the bench can make an impact – whether that’s new boys Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Phillips or the likes of Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan, who we have seen change a few big matches in recent memory.

"On the pitch at half-time we’re being treated to some walking football – a great initiative to get more people playing the game."


Goater on Haaland

"He could have gone with his right foot for the chance or a diving header, but when you’re fully match fit those are the decisions that will come. 

"For me, I like the idea that he gets more involved in the game. The more he gets the ball, then he can create a chance to shoot or create something."


Steve Howey: City in the ascendency

"You have to be honest, Liverpool started the better of the teams. They had a couple of chances. Then they got the goal. After the goal, it’s been all City really. 

"We had a couple of good chances. Haaland had a few chances. The signs are there, we’ve put some pressure on them. Liverpool will have wanted the half to end. City are the team in the ascendency."


Half-time: Liverpool 1-0 City

Trent Alexander-Arnold's 20-yard effort is the difference at the break.

Liverpool started the stronger and got their rewards, but City have come into the game in the closing stages of the half, with Erling Haaland going close with a couple of chances. 



Liverpool break down the right with Salah who takes the cross on early.

He's trying to pick out Luis Diaz but Ederson comes flying out of goal to confidently claim the ball.



Rodrigo darts down the right hand side of the area to meet a pass and gets a shot off on the swivel, but it lacks the power and direction to trouble Adrian, who gathers comfortably.



Cancelo motors down the left flank and fires in a low cross which Van Dijk hooks clear just in time, with Haaland lurking. 

City have been much better in the last five minutes and the Norwegian combines with Mahrez inside the area, but the Algerian can only send his shot against the legs of a Liverpool defender as he gets an effort away under pressure.



Erling Haaland gets his first chances in English football and he looks disappointed to come away with nothing to show for it. 

The Norwegian held off Robertson but is falling as he gets a shot off that fails to truly test Adrian. 

And, when City recycled possession, he couldn't quick divert the ball goalwards as he acrobatically stretched out his left boot when the right might have been easier.

No goals this time, but evidence of what he'll offer in the six-yard box. A real presence.

Club Journalist Jack Mumford at the King Power

"It’s not the performance we’ve been after so far, but we’re used to Liverpool starting like this. We know they are quick out of the traps.

"Pep and Klopp haven’t left the edge of their technical areas for more than a moment yet and our manager is applauding his team at every opportunity. City fans are in good voice too, everyone knows this is far from over.

We have started to enjoy a bit more possession since the goal and now it’s time for us to dictate terms in the run up to the break."



Mahrez latches onto Ake's long punt forward and forces a save from Adrian with a fiercely struck 18-yard effort.

It's a great move, but it wouldn't have counted with the assistant referee flagging for offside once the passage of play came to a close.



Kyle Walker tries to get City moving in attack as he motors down the right, but he's crowded out and when he reverts back to Mahrez, Thiago nips in to win the ball back and end our progress.



City need a response and Kevin De Bruyne nearly delivers it. 

Rodrigo cuts out Adrian's misplaced pass, which allows Mahrez to feed the advancing De Bruyne, but the Belgium can only fire his angled drive into the side netting from inside the area. 


Goal. Liverpool 1-0 City (Alexander-Arnold)

Alexander-Arnold breaks the deadlock with a curling effort. 

Liverpool switch the ball across the box twice, before Salah cuts it back to the full-back 20-yards from goal.

He gets a first time strike away, which flicks off Ake's head before clipping the inside of the post on its way in. 


Yes, Eddie!

Salah catches Cancelo and Ake out with a quick throw in as Henderson scampers away down the right.

The Liverpool skipper delivers a dangerous cross for Diaz, but Dias gets a touch and Ederson does superbly well to push the ball away at full stretch before the Reds forward can convert.


Side netting

It's full-back to full-back for Liverpool as Alexander-Arnold curls a cross to the far post where Robertson has ghosted in unmarked, but the Scotsman plants his header into the side netting.

The angle was against him, but it's another warning for City.



Liverpool go down the left this time as Salah rakes a pass out to the advancing Robertson.

The full-back delivers a teasing centre towards Diaz, but Ake and Dias crowd the winger out, with the former clearing away from danger.

Club Journalist Jack Mumford at the King Power

"The atmosphere is deafening inside the King Power and has been since the club anthems were played around 15 minutes before kick-off.

"What’s immediately noticeable on the pitch is that Erling Haaland stacks up alongside Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool defenders are big guys, but it’s hard to see even those two being able to stop our new man if it comes down to pure strength.

"Liverpool, as they have for many years now, are focusing their attacks down the wings while City want to keep the ball on the floor. We need to compete blow for blow through the opening period and hopefully then we will be able to settle into our usual rhythm."



That's better!

City regain possession deep in the Liverpool hope and it creates a shooting opportunity for De Bruyne, whose 25-yard drive is deflected into the side netting by Van Dijk.



Liverpool have started well here. Everything is coming down the right flank and that's the case again as Salah dances past Cancelo and fires into the side netting. 

A let off for City. 



More good work from Liverpool down the right sees Henderson whip a low pass into the feet of Diaz inside the area.

The Colombia takes a touch before getting a shot off but Dias is there to make the block.


Forward foray

Liverpool build an attack down the right and resulting cross eventually drops for Thiago on the edge of the area.

The Spaniard unleashes a low drive but Rodrigo gets his body in the way. 



Big smiles on the faces of the City players as they shake the hands of the honoured guests, including Mike Summerbee and Ian Rush.

There'll be a rendition of the national anthem and then it's time. 


Nearly time

The players are in the tunnel and we are moments away from the first whistle of the 2022/23 season. 

Here's a reminder of how the two teams line-up at the King Power.

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.

LIVERPOOL: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Diaz, Salah, Firmino.


Wright-Phillips: Important to start well

"It’ll be great to get some silverware on the table. It’s important to start off on the right foot. I’m really looking forward to the game.  I can’t wait to see Grealish against Trent. I’m sure if we create chances then Haaland will put it in the back of the net."


Paul Dickov: The front three has the wow factor

"Absolutely buzzing that Erling is starting. Mahrez Grealish Haaland - wow! I’m really looking forward to Phillips and also Alvarez - he looks really sharp. He has a bit of Sergio Aguero about him."


Steve Howey on laying down a marker

"Both sets of fans have travelled there and want to see their team lift the trophy. You can’t treat this as a warm up game. Both teams have put very very strong teams. Both managers have just thought to go with strong teams. It’s not one of these where you can just turn up and say if we don’t win it’s okay, you want to put a marker for the season."


Rodrigo: We want to win everything

Speaking in today's matchday programme, our Spanish midfielder made it clear City are chasing all the titles again this season, and that starts today.

"We want to win again. We want to win everything. When you play for this football club, that's what you must aim for at the start of every season. The last two years have been great for us, but we want to keep pushing, keep fighting and try to improve every year. 

"Trust me, it's not easy. We know this season is going to be incredibly tough with so many top teams, but we will always fight for everything."


Shaun Goater on Haaland's debut

"I’m really excited! Whenever Guardiola puts a team out, it’s a strong and quality team. I’m not surprised at all. Excited because we only saw flashes of Haaland in pre-season. His communication with the team is going to improve. He’s just going to be delighted with the season because of the chances City create."


Steve Howey on team news

"I was kind of thinking what team will Pep play? Sometimes you just have to go out and put a marker down and show how strong you are.

"That is a very very strong team. Klopp will look at that team and think wow, he’s going for it. There’s one man who is a season and team changer - Haaland."


Club Journalist Jack Mumford on team news

Here we go! Erling Haaland will make his competitive debut for the Club today, with Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish flanking him.

We saw Grealish and Haaland link up for the winner against Bayern Munich in Green Bay last week, and I’m sure I’m not the only one excited to see how that partnership develops.

Other than that, it’s about as strong a lineup as we could possibly field today. There can be little doubt that Pep Guardiola is taking this seriously.

The anticipation is building by the minute inside the stadium and the first fans are in their seats. Shortly the players will come out to warm up in front our supporters and I would expect it to be loud from that moment on.


Team news

Erling Haaland makes his City debut, with fellow new signings Julian Alvarez, Stefan Ortega Moreno and Kalvin Phillips among the substitutes. 

With Aymeric Laporte the only injury absentee, Pep Guardiola has been able to select a strong team at the King Power.

Ederson, Ruben Dias and Kevin De Bruyne start through the spine of the side, whilst there is experience on the bench in the form of John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden. 

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.

SUBS: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Stones, Gündogan, Alvarez, Foden, Mbete, Palmer, Wilson-Esbrand.

New signing Darwin Nunez is on the bench for Liverpool, with Roberto Firmino preferred up front alongside Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz.

Adrian deputises for the injured Alisson Becker in goal and former City man James Milner is among the subs.

LIVERPOOL: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Diaz, Salah, Firmino.

SUBS: Davies, Gomez, Konate, Milner, Keita, Jones, Elliott, Nunez, Carvalho.


Matchday Live

Our first show of the season will be live in five!

Tune in for pre-match build-up from Steve Howey and Shaun Goater at the top of this page. 


Klopp's programme notes

Pep was particularly complimentary when speaking about today's opposition in his notes and Jurgen Klopp has reciprocated.

The Liverpool boss is expecting an intense game.

"This is a fixture that is only ever unbelievably intense and of an incredibly high standard. The three games we enjoyed last season highlighted everything that this fixture is about, and while it might be too much to expect those levels to be reached in early August, I have no doubt that the talent on display will get the juices flowing. 

"Our respect for this City team could not be higher. They arrive here as champions, and though we can be incredibly proud for pushing them all the way, they deserved their title and now our job is to start the race all over again."


Pep's programme notes

"Liverpool are an incredible rival for us. It is such an honour to compete for trophies with them because they are so good. City and Liverpool have pushed each other for a long time and I am sure that will continue this season. Jurgen is so good at what he does and his players are always well prepared."


Early team news

We’ll find out today’s teams in just under 30 minutes, but we do have a rough idea of who may or may not be available following each manager's pre-match press conference. 

Pep Guardiola said Erling Haaland is ready to start, but Aymeric Laporte is unavailable as he continues to recover from the surgery he had in the summer. 

Liverpool will be without four players with the goalkeeping duo of Alisson Becker and Caoimhin Kelleher set to miss out, as well as Diogo Jota and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 


Club Journalist Jack Mumford at the King Power

I’ve arrived at the King Power Stadium in Leicester nice and early before today’s Community Shield. As you’d expect in this part of the world, Kasabian have dominated the pre-match playlist so far.

It’s obviously a much smaller ground than Wembley, with only one tier all the way around the pitch. The segregation will split the fans on the halfway line, so we can expect a raucous atmosphere as the two sets of fans will sing directly at each other.

Pep Guardiola and the squad will arrive around 15:30, 90 minutes ahead of kick-off. They will be full of confidence after two outstanding performances on the recent tour of the USA, and with eight days until the Premier League starts you can imagine we will see a strong side.

I can’t wait to see what the day has in store.


Get involved 📱

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Everyone has got a prediction at the start of the season. Think City will win today? Got a thought on how we'll fare in 2022/23? Or, have you got a preferred line-up for today?

Let us know your thoughts, using #ManCity on Twitter and, don’t forget, you can ask a question to our Matchday Live panel by messaging +447537186538 on WhatsApp. 


Matchday Live

Steve Howey and Shaun Goater are the guests for the first Matchday Live of the new season.

They will be joining Natalie Pike in the studio at the City Football Academy to kick-off the new campaign with the usual mix of analysis and entertainment. 

The show gets under way at 16:00 (UK) with an hour of pre-match build-up and our panel will return at half-time and full-time to share their thoughts on the action.

And, if you would like some City focused audio accompaniment during the game, we’ve got you covered with live commentary from Alistair Mann and Michael Brown available right here in the Matchday Centre.


Liverpool v City: Community Shield


Welcome to the Matchday Centre for our Community Shield clash with Liverpool.

Football is back, City are back and it all starts again today at the King Power Stadium.

The annual curtain-raiser kicks off at 17:00 (UK) on Saturday 30 July and you can follow all the action right here in the Matchday Centre

With the potential for Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, Stefan Ortega Moreno and Kalvin Phillips to make their debut, there is plenty to look forward to as we begin the new season by resuming our rivalry with with Jurgen Klopp's men.

Stay tuned!