This time the page is beautiful and well turned. Magnificent losers in the last English championship and unlucky finalists in the 2022 edition of the Champions League, Liverpool opened their season in the best possible way by winning the 100-year-old Community Shield against reigning champions Manchester City ( 3-1) on Saturday at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.
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The Reds’ scorers are Trent Alexander-Arnold (20th), Mohamed Salah (82nd) and Darwin Nunez (90th + 3rd). The young Julian Álvarez had snatched, for a while, the tie from the Cityzens twenty minutes from the end (70th). The starter, Erling Haaland could not find the way to the goal after a difficult game.
Liverpool have been mentally strong
They did not leave with the favors of the odds. And that’s at least. Not always convincing in their warm-up matches (two wins and two losses), Liverpool’s players nevertheless defied all observers’ expectations by eagerly disposing of rivals Manchester City on the turf at the King Power Stadium.
Very close to conceding after Julian Alvarez’s equalizer (70th) at the dawn of the last quarter of an hour, Jürgen Klopp’s men have, however, found the resources to turn the tide of the Events.
Already exciting for his first official start of the year, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has twice guided his side to victory. First by clinically transforming a penalty (82, 2-1) that he had partly helped to achieve in a surgical opening in the direction of Darwin Núñez and a header blocked with his hand by Rubén Dias. Then, creating the decisive gap in the Reds’ final attack that would allow Andrew Robertson to find Darwin Núñez himself at the back for the 3-1 goal (90 + 3rd).
Alexander-Arnold led the way
Delivered in extra time by the man entrusted by the Merseyside club with the heavy task of succeeding the spinning Sadio Mané, Liverpool have stocked their trophy cabinet with sixteen Community Shields (the first of the modern era) and joins Arsenal, another club. sixteenth winning power of the equivalent of the English Champions Trophy.
Aided by a physical dimension far superior to that of their rival, the Reds had launched their winning operation to perfection. Trent Alexander-Arnold had opened the scoring late in the first quarter of an hour with a wonderful curling shot deflected into his own goal by the unfortunate Nathan Aké (20th).
Rewarded for their selflessness and incredible rebounding ability, Liverpool’s players have definitely drawn a line under the dismal finish at the Stade de France. Above all, they launched their mission to perfectly recover the Premier League, they who had failed so little (by a small point) last year against Pep Guardiola’s army.
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