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Liverpool vs Manchester City

The curtain raiser of the season begins this Saturday as the two English giants lock horns looking to make a fast start to their season by lifting a trophy early on.

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The Community Shield is always a great way to kick off your domestic campaign giving the teams who won the league and FA Cup the season prior to claim a trophy right from the off. This season we see the Premier League winners Manchester City take on FA Cup winners Liverpool in what will be a highly competitive game.

Last year’s game was between Manchester City (Premier League winners) and Leicester (FA Cup winners) where The Foxes left Wembley with the shield after an 89th-minute penalty from former Citizen Kelechi Iheanacho.

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Both sides have had a strong pre-season where each of their big-money signings have got off the mark, with Darwin Nunez bagging four against RB Leipzig and Erling Haaland scoring against his old rivals in Bayern Munich moments after coming off the bench. So there is reason to be excited for both sides who have brought in goal scorers to add to their already lethal attacks. City may also choose to integrate their other summer signings in Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Philips which add even more depth to their well stacked club.

Liverpool had a rather impressive 21/22 season by reaching every possible final they could where they won two of three with their wins coming against Chelsea in both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup and both on penalties. However they fell to defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League and finished second in the league, just one point behind winners City.

As for City it was just the Premier League they took from last season after having a poor start to the season they went on an impressive run which provided the groundwork for them to win their fourth league title in five years.

These two sides have been evenly matched in recent years, their last meeting was at Wembley in the FA Cup semi final where Liverpool were 3-2 winners, in their past 5 meetings each side has won once each with the rest being draws and in those games were 20 goals.

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Going into the game at the King Power on Saturday both teams will fancy their chances of starting their season in the best possible way, with no real injury doubts players will be wanting to prove their worth right before the season officially kicks off.

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