• David Tyrer

Community Shield Match Preview: Liverpool vs Man City

Date & time: Sunday August 4th, 3pm

Where: Wembley

What channel: BT Sport 1

Referee: Martin Atkinson

The season is a week away, so that will only mean the Community Shield, and this season it's Liverpool, European Champions, taking on the league champions Man City.

The Reds come into the game after a mixed pre-season, but will be thankful for the return of key men in the win against Lyon on Wednesday evening.

Most managers will happily tell you that the Community Shield isn't important; a glorified friendly that is just a curtain raiser for the new season.

But beneath all of that neither Klopp or Guardiola will be wanting to lose this game, nor will most of their players and certainly neither set of fans will either.

It won't have any real bearing on how the 38 games season goes in the league, but it will certainly give the winning team the feeling that they can beat the other over that long haul.

Injuries & Suspension

There are (touch wood) no new injuries concerns for the Reds. The only player that definitely won't be available is Sadio Mane, who won't be available next Friday either.

But we have Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Mo Salah back in the squad and, while it's unlikely that Firmino or Salah will play the entire game, all three will play some part, no doubt.

Of the club's summer signings, only Harvey Elliott is likely to get near the bench, but whether he'll get off it remains to be seen.

For our opponents, Guardiola will have the talents of Rodri to call upon, whilst the returning Angelino is not likely to start.

Pre-season Form

Liverpool: W-W-L-L-D-L-W

Man City: W-L-W-W

Predicted line-up

It's a tough one for Klopp. On the one hand, he won't want to be risking the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, all fresh back from either injury or a busy summer.

But on the other hand, it's a game that neither side will want to lose, even if it is just a relatively unimportant game, in the grand scheme of things.

We'd expect to see something similar to the side that started against Lyon in the week, with maybe Salah and Firmino playing 50-60 minutes ahead of Norwich next Friday.

Predicted starting line up: Alisson, Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Origi, Salah and Firmino.


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