Liverpool v Manchester City : EPL FA Community Shield, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

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Date :Sunday 4th August
Stadium Wembley
Referee Martin Atkinson(England)
Goal Scorer:

Team News:

If credence is to be given to pre-season competitions, Liverpool have already picked up an honour, concluding a winless three-match US tour by drawing 2-2 with Sporting Lisbon, meaning they shared the Western Union Cup.

On paper, Liverpool's preparatory results have gone much the way you might expect for a squad whose competitive season ended little more than two months ago with that Champions League victory over Tottenham.

Sporting were only denied victory by an excellent display from Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after his early blunder gifted their opponents the lead at Yankee Stadium.

Aside from a ten-minute spell against the team who finished third by 11 points in last season's Portuguese Primeira Liga, Liverpool were not ahead in any of their Stateside showpiece matches this summer.

Missing Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, they fell 3-1 behind after the interval against Borussia Dortmund in their opening game, making a series of defensive errors before prospect Rhian Brewster's late consolatory penalty.

They suffered a last-minute 2-1 defeat to Sevilla, and matters became no better back in Britain.

A 3-0 friendly defeat to Napoli in Edinburgh left Klopp bemoaning the concession of "simple goals", although he did point out that Liverpool had "heavy legs", and that the Serie A season starts three weeks after the Premier League begins.

There were better signs in Geneva, where a rare Alisson mistake gave Lyon the lead before a goal from the returning Firmino and an excellent strike by youngster Harry Wilson contributed to a comfortable 3-1 win.
Recent form: WLLDLW
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi, Lallana

Man City
Attempting to read much into City's pre-season is also potentially futile. Like Liverpool, they have spent much of the time trying to build fitness and sharpen their readiness in searing heat - heading to China for a tour that was heavily commercially entwined.

There was a hitch when they were beaten on penalties by Wolves in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy at the Hongkou Football Stadium, Guardiola sinking his head into his hands in the dugout as Raheem Sterling missed a spot kick in normal time.

The champions hardly suggested unheralded generosity in ceding the final, affording dangerous Wolves a single shot on target during the match.

Guardiola has some tricky decisions to make at a stadium that has become as familiar as the homes of many of their rivals to City fans. In common with his counterpart for the day, international competitions have prevented him from naming a first-choice side in any of the warm-ups he has overseen so far.

City scored nine goals in their final two matches in China, with Sterling, David Silva, Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne - playing a full part in the tour, to the relief of fans fretting over his injury-strewn previous season - among the scorers.

Sane was on target twice against Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee, but continues to be heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich, who are rumoured to be facing an asking price in the region of £137m for the 23-year-old Germany international.

At the same time, Guardiola appears to have his eye on Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo in a transfer potentially sending City's Danilo the way of the Serie A champions.

Even if Guardiola is more focused on business than table-topping rivals right now, he will be shrewd enough to know that a loss to Liverpool at this stage could be at least a minor psychological blow.

City won their last 14 matches of last season to hold off their relentless chasers as part of a run of 18 victories from 19 games. Enhancing that imperious record would assert their near-invincibility in a season when marginal factors could make all the difference.

Recent form: WWWDWW
Man City possible starting lineup:
Bravo; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Foden; Bernardo, Sterling, Sane

Head To Head
Indomitable by most teams, City certainly count Liverpool as a bogey team, having lost this encounter on seven of nine occasions in the Premier League and Champions League before last season.

The most memorable of those Liverpool triumphs was a 3-0 Champions League quarter-final win at Anfield in 2018, followed up by a 2-1 second-leg victory at the Etihad Stadium.

City fans will have forgotten that unhappy run during their vital results in this fixture last season. They kept a clean sheet at Anfield for the first time since 1986 to earn an away point in October, then handed Liverpool their only defeat of the season in a crucial 2-1 win in Manchester in January.
Prediction: Liverpool 0-2 Man City