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Manchester City Vs. Liverpool Score in Community Shield

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In today’s Community Shield match versus Liverpool at the King Power Stadium, Erling Haaland will be the line leader for Manchester City.

The No. 9 for City arrived from Borussia Dortmund this summer and makes his official debut after starting our exhibition game against Bayern Munich in Green Bay last week.

Kyle Walker, who entered the match against Bayern Munich in the second half, starts this one, with Joao Cancelo shifting to left-back. Josh Wilson-Esbrand is substituted in.

The City midfield and offence are the same as they were in the contest at Lambeau Field.

Teams Lineup

Liverpool

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

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

Manchester City

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

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

Tactics

City today played a 4-3-3 formation with Erling Haaland as the key attacking player.

Ederson starts in goal, as the buildup play for City depends heavily on his distribution.

The team’s captain, Ruben Dias, will team up with Nathan Ake at centre back.

Joao Cancelo begins on the left, and Kyle Walker on the right. The ability of these two of the best attacking full-backs in the world to move forward and support assaults will be crucial for City.

With the drive of Bernardo Silva and the cunning of Kevin De Bruyne playing just ahead of him, Rodrigo will take the field as the holding midfielder. It is a midfield with the ideal combination of qualities.

Jack Grealish, who was so impressive in the US, will play on the right of City’s attack with Riyad Mahrez, while Haaland will play as a central striker. Grealish and Haaland will try to build on their successful linkup play against Bayern Munich in Green Bay.

Haaland gives City a sizable physical presence through the middle, but Pep Guardiola made it clear in his pre-game news conference that he expects his forwards to drop deep and get on the ball.

This season may be quite exciting for City after a turbulent summer.

Manchester City Vs. Liverpool

Manchester City Preseason Overview

Two wins from two games.

Pep Guardiola had a week of intense training to jumpstart season-preparation efforts during City’s highly successful US Tour.

The level of the football we played against Club America was, at moments, extremely impressive, but City really turned up the style in the game against Bayern Munich.

Our attacking game was faster and more intense than anticipated, which implies we may get off to a quick start when the Premier League kicks off the next weekend with our first task being a trip to West Ham on Sunday.

We have a good chance of taking home the Community Shield if we continue playing like we did today.

Positive Indication?

When the Community Shield was last played outside of Wembley, it was in 2012 at Villa Park, where City defeated Chelsea 3-2.

A repetition of today’s performance in Leicester would be the ideal boost before our Premier League debut the following Saturday.

Some Stats

  • The only other Community Shield match between Manchester City and Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw, with the Citizens winning on penalties in 2019.
  • In eight of the last nine matches between Man City and Liverpool in all competitions, including the last five straight, both teams have scored. Both clubs scored at least twice in each of the three games played between the teams last season (2x 2-2 draws, and a 3-2 win for Liverpool).
  • The Community Shield hasn’t been played outside of Wembley since Manchester City defeated Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park in 2012. The game will be played in Leicester for the second time; the first time, Liverpool also participated (lost 1-0 to Leicester City at Filbert Street in 1971).
  • Only Manchester United (21) and Arsenal (16) have won the Community Shield more frequently than Liverpool, including instances when the trophy was split (15).
  • Since 1958, when Bolton defeated Wolves 4-1 in October, the Community Shield game has never been contested outside of August. It’s also the earliest in a calendar year that the game has been played since May of 1922, when Huddersfield defeated Liverpool 1-0.
  • With the exception of Manchester City’s 2-0 victory against Chelsea in 2018, the FA Cup holders have won six of the last seven Community Shield matchups between league champions and FA Cup winners.
  • Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester last season, Manchester City has won three of its past five Community Shield contests. If Liverpool triumphs, it will continue a trend from the previous few years in which clubs have lost back-to-back Community Shield matches, with Chelsea doing so in 2017 and 2018 and Liverpool doing the same in 2019 and 2020.
  • In their last six Community Shield contests, Liverpool has lost four of them, including the last two on penalties (v Man City in 2019 and Arsenal in 2020). However, their two victories during this run have come in their previous two visits as FA Cup champions (v Man Utd in 2001 and Chelsea in 2006).
  • Liverpool have lost more matches at the King Power Stadium under Jürgen Klopp than they have at any other stadium overall (excluding Anfield) (5).

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