Liverpool v Manchester City: Live Community Shield blog
Liverpool were beaten by Manchester City on penalties in the Community Shield at Wembley. Joel Matip cancelled out an early opener from Raheem Sterling in a dominant second-half display from the Reds, but it was City who clinched the prize with a 5-4 shootout win.
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (4-5 pens)
Liverpool are defeated on penalties by Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley.
The Reds recovered from the set-back of Raheem Sterling's early goal to draw level through Joel Matip in a second half they dominated.
However, it was City who clinched the trophy by winning the shootout.
Gabriel Jesus: Scores.
Manchester City win 5-4 on penalties.
Bernardo Silva: Scores.
Wijnaldum: Saved by Bravo.
The penalties will be taken in front of the Liverpool section of the stadium following the coin toss.
Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City
And so, to penalties...
Now Bravo thwarts Shaqiri at his near post.
Salah has a headed effort hacked off the line by Walker after his initial shot was saved by Bravo.
Danger as Sterling finds space in the box, but has his attempted cut-back blocked by Robertson.
Four minutes added time to be played. We go to penalties if there are no further goals...
City replace De Bruyne with Foden.
City can't handle Liverpool's pressing once again - and the Reds win the ball outside their opponents area once more.
Oxlade-Chamberlain slides the ball across to Salah in the box, but he is thwarted by a good save from Bravo at his feet.
Salah's shot takes a deflection off Zinchenko and loops onto the roof of the net. Great play by Lallana to create the opening.
Liverpool open up City once more and this time Keita has a whack goalwards beaten away by Bravo.
Here is that triple change for Liverpool...
Henderson, Origi and Firmino make way for Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri and Lallana.
GOAL! JOEL MATIP!
Liverpool have dominated the second half - and they are deservedly level through Matip.
Van Dijk collects Henderson's free-kick to the back post and deftly lifts it back into the centre, where his defensive partner nods in from close range.
1-1 at Wembley now.
Liverpool preparing Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri and Lallana to come on here.
De Bruyne tries his luck, but it's a comfortable take for Alisson.
Salah's low drive towards the near post is claimed by Bravo.
Fabinho and Alexander-Arnold are replaced by Keita and Matip for the Reds.
Walker's challenge leaves Origi on the ground. Liverpool want the ball put out but City play on and Sterling goes clean through on goal. However, he completely looses his footing as he gets caught in two minds, and Alisson gathers.
David Silva makes way for Ilkay Gundogan for City.
Off the post!
Liverpool have City rattled, here.
Now Salah holds off the challenge of David Silva on the edge of the area before shooting on the turn. The ball beats Bravo but cannons against the base of the post and away.
Off the bar!
Liverpool go agonisingly close to an equaliser as Van Dijk hooks goalwards from Alexander-Arnold's corner. It beats Bravo, hits the underside of the bar and bounces down onto the line before City clear.
So, so close.
Wijnaldum has a strike blocked by Stones in the box after good build-up play between him and Firmino.
City break beyond Liverpool's back line through Jesus and Sterling; the latter shoots against the post but he's flagged offside, anyway.
Liverpool press City and win the ball back. There's an opening for Origi, but his sweep goalwards hits Stones and is claimed by Bravo.
David Silva drives a half-volley over the bar from Gabriel Jesus' lay-off.
Off we go again...
City re-start the game at Wembley.
Liverpool 0-1 Manchester City
Raheem Sterling's goal after 12 minutes at Wembley is the difference between the teams at the interval.
Three minutes of added time to be played at the end of the first half...
Alisson claws away De Bruyne's corner.
Wijnaldum's attempt to loop a header back across goal from Alexander-Arnold's free-kick is claimed by Bravo.
Pep Guardiola has just been shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson for his remonstrating about a Joe Gomez challenge on David Silva.
De Bruyne is booked for a trip on Origi.
Zinchenko's attempted headed clearance from Origi's cross only finds Salah, but he stabs over the top of the bar from an acute angle.
Liverpool spring a counter-attack started by Firmino winning play back deep inside his own half, but the final ball is too far ahead of Salah from Robertson and Bravo takes.
David Silva has an effort blocked on the edge of the area by Robertson.
The ball squirms into the path of Sterling inside the box, but his side-footer is kept out by Alisson.
Off the post!
Salah leaves Zinchenko trailing in his wake and speeds into the area, but sees his attempt to covert at the near post come back off the woodwork and behind.
Leroy Sane off, Gabriel Jesus on for City after the winger fails to recover from a knock.
Goal for Man City - Raheem Sterling
Manchester City take an early lead at Wembley as a free-kick routine sees David Silva flick on Kevin de Bruyne's header across goal. Raheem Sterling is on hand to nudge goalwards inside the six-yard box, Alisson gets a hand to it but can't keep it out at point-blank range.
Liverpool open up City and Firmino slides Salah into space inside the area; however, his first-time effort is off target at the near post.
Now Firmino registers Liverpool's first effort - and it's courtesy of some quite ridiculous skill to control a ball forward from Fabinho and shoot on the turn.
It is, however, too close to Bravo, who makes the stop.
The first chance of the game falls City's way as Sterling takes the ball from Gomez just outside the are and feeds Sane, who strikes into the side netting from a tight angle.
And we're off!
Liverpool start the Community Shield at Wembley.
Come on you Reds!
The national anthem is sung inside Wembley and the players exchange handshakes as kick off edges ever nearer.
Here come the teams...
The Reds getting ready at Wembley.
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The Reds at Wembley
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are named in Liverpool's starting line-up this afternoon, with Divock Origi joining them in attack.
James Milner is ruled out as a precaution due to a tight muscle.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Origi, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Shaqiri, Matip.
The stage is set
Today's programme cover
Last time out
Liverpool and City played two remarkably tight games in the league last season, with the sides separated by just a single goal over the course of the meetings. See the best of those matches again below.
Tale of the tape
Here's a reminder of just how closely-fought the race between these two sides was in the Premier League last term, with all the stats from their campaigns...
The skipper speaks
Jordan Henderson insists this match is about securing another piece of silverware for Liverpool, not trying to gain any advantage over City ahead of the Premier League season.
"I know it's a competition Liverpool have always taken seriously, so that brings a responsibility for whoever gets picked to do everything we can to win," said the midfielder.
"I'm not bothered about an advantage, we just want to win – full stop. The opponent is only relevant because in order to win it, we have to beat them. Sure, it's the same for City. It's the next game for us and therefore the next one we can win – that's our attitude.
"We've huge respect for City and what they achieved last season and we also respect they'll be a big force again this season – but [this match] isn't about anything other than doing our best to win for our supporters."
A Wembley walk
The Liverpool squad went out to stretch their legs with a walk around the stadium this morning...
Liverpool will be without Sadio Mane this afternoon, with the No.10 not back in training until Monday.
Klopp was, however, boosted by the return of Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri earlier this week.
The boss intends to make full use of his six available substitutions.
City, meanwhile, are without Fernandinho and have been similarly affected by late comebacks from the Copa America and Africa Cup of Nations.
Sergio Aguero, Ederson, Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Riyad Mahrez are only in consideration for the bench, according to Pep Guardiola.
The boss says
Catch up with what Jürgen Klopp had to say about today's encounter with our full coverage of his pre-match press conference below.
A few pre-match stats to get you in the mood for today...
- Only Manchester United (17) and Arsenal (14) have won the Community Shield outright more times than Liverpool, while a victory today would see Liverpool win it for the 16th time (outright and shared) - second only to United.
- Each of the Reds' last six Shield wins have been secured by a one-goal margin.
- This will be the club's 39th visit to Wembley in all competitions - winning 19, losing 13 and drawing six times previously.
- City, who won the last clash 2-1, have not defeated Liverpool in successive encounters in all competitions since 1937.
Jürgen Klopp is permitted to name seven substitutes on his teamsheet this afternoon and field six of them.
There will be NO extra-time if the scores are level after 90 minutes, with the match heading straight to a penalty shootout.
View from Man City
We caught up with journalist and City fan Simon Curtis to preview the game and see how the Premier League champions fared over the summer.
He believes Liverpool will once again challenge Pep Guardiola's side for the title this season and feels today's match could kick-start another long, intense battle.
Read the full feature by clicking here.
The consensus among the Liverpoolfc.com team is that the pair are way too generous to Ginger Nuts and harsh on Bourbon Creams. Agree?
While you warm up for today's affair, sitting down with cup of tea might be on your agenda. Wondering what's the perfect biscuit to dunk in your brew?
Well, let James Milner and Andy Robertson advise you in the fantastic video below.
Check out some of the work the Reds did in the picturesque town of Evian in the latest edition of Inside Training.
Liverpool have travelled to London from Evian after the squad based themselves in France for a week-long training camp.
And in Trent Alexander-Arnold's mind, the 2019-20 season officially gets under way at 3pm today due to the fact silverware is on offer.
The 20-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com: "It’s another opportunity to win a trophy. You’ve got to respect every competition you enter and this is one of many competitions that we’re in this season as a team.
"We’re obviously looking to win the game; it’s a game against City and one that might set off the start of the season. Effectively our season starts on Sunday and we’ve got a massive game against one of the best teams in the world."
Click here to read the full interview with the No.66.
Important travel info
Supporters travelling to London by National Rail services to Euston are advised not to alight at either Harrow and Wealdstone or Watford Junction stations and to alight services at Euston instead.
Due to planned Network Rail engineering work, there will be no Bakerloo line or London Overground services operating through Wembley Central station.
This work also means there will be no interchange with London Overground or Tube services at either Watford Junction or Harrow and Wealdstone.
Fans are advised to remain on National Rail services to Euston and, on arrival, walk approximately five minutes to nearby Euston Square station and use London Underground westbound Metropolitan line services direct to Wembley Park, which is a short walk from the stadium.
Reds going for No.16
Liverpool have won the Community Shield on 15 previous occasions.
Today's match will be the 22nd time the club has participated in the fixture, with the 2-1 triumph over Chelsea in 2006 being the Reds' most recent outing.
Good morning from London
It's the official curtain-raiser for the new season as Liverpool take on Manchester City at Wembley in the FA Community Shield.
Stay with us throughout the day for all the build-up, action and post-match reaction from the capital.