0657 GMT August 13, 2022
Liverpool drew first blood in the new season’s rivalry between dominant forces of the English football as Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 3-1 in the Community Shield.
The match at Leicester’s King Power Stadium was also the showcase of two marquee signings in the English Premier League.
Norwegian Erling Haaland, who joined City from Dortmund on a £52.2m deal, was given a place in the starting XI but had a debut to forget as he failed to get on the scoresheet, missing an absolute sitter in front of an empty goal deep into stoppage time.
Meanwhile, former Benfica striker Darwin Nunez introduced himself to the English top flight in style, coming off the bench in the second half to win a spot-kick for the Reds – converted by Mo Salah – before rounding off the victory with a 94th-minute header.
English international fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold had opened the account for Liverpool – last season’s double cup winner – with a composed strike from the edge of the box which took a slight deflection off Nathan Ake and nestled in the far corner.
Another newcomer for the Citizens, Argentine Julian Alvarez, had something to cheer about after being awarded an equalizer thanks to a lengthy VAR check.
Former Liverpool winger Sadio Mane also had an impressive start to life in the Bayern Munich shirt as the Bundesliga champion beat RB Leipzig 5-3 in the German Super Cup.
Jamal Musiala broke the deadlock with 14 minutes into the game and Mane bagged his first goal for the Bavarians on the half-hour mark.
Benjamin Pavard added a third right before the interval but Marcel Halsterberg pulled one back for Leipzig after the break.
Serge Gnabry restored the three-goal lead for Bayern but Christopher Nkunku’s spot-kick and Dani Olmo’s 89th-minute strike made it a nervy ending for Bayern before the league champion for the past 10 seasons sealed the victory, courtesy of a Leroy Sane’s goal in the eighth minute of added time.