Liverpool vs Manchester City
England – Community Shield
Date: Saturday, 30 July 2022
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: King Power Stadium.
The FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City will serve as the official opening of the 2022–23 English season this coming weekend at the King Power Stadium.
Saturday’s FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City at the King Power Stadium will serve as the customary season-opener for English football.
In one of the most closely contested title campaigns in recent memory, Manchester City was once again declared the Premier League champions as Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens ended only one point ahead of Liverpool.
They will be hoping to start the season with hardware in the bag this weekend after missing out on other domestic trophies in the previous campaign.
Guardiola’s team has played just two friendlies so far, winning both of them against Club America and Bayern Munich.
The preseason has been brief for Guardiola’s team. Manchester City will be aiming for triumph in the 2022–23 campaign, commencing with the Community Shield, buoyed by some excellent new additions to the lineup.
Liverpool may have just missed out on the Premier League the previous season, but they did manage to win both of their domestic cups, the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.
The Reds also came agonizingly close to winning the UEFA Champions League before losing to Real Madrid in the decisive round.
Nearly two months later, Jurgen Klopp’s team will square off against their bitter rivals for the inaugural prize of the new campaign.
The German manager has expressed displeasure with the match’s schedule and will enter the contest following a mixed preseason campaign in which they played four friendlies, winning two of them and losing two of them, with the most recent one finishing in a 1-0 loss to Red Bull Salzburg.
Liverpool has also made some exciting squad signings and will be looking to start the new season off well.
The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at this intriguing matchup between the top two teams in England before it begins at the King Power Stadium.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Head-to-head :
- The last 5 encounters had goals from both teams.
- The previous 4 meetings had four or more goals.
- Liverpool had recorded a 2-3 win in the latest clash.
- The last 4 overall wins were split into 2 each for either squad.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Prediction :
Given that the two teams have not had much time to prepare ahead of the new season, this is a tricky one to predict.
In their preseason games, Liverpool has won two and lost two, while Manchester City has won two games by a small margin.
Due to the presence of some elite players at both clubs, the King Power matchup is expected to be fiercely competitive. Erling Haaland’s presence and any potential partnerships with players like Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish, though, may give Pep Guardiola’s team the advantage.
The Hard Tackle believes the Cityzens will prevail by a small margin as a result.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Team News :
Alisson Becker’s stomach issue has kept the Liverpool medical room busy during the summer’s friendlies, and Klopp has confirmed that Becker won’t play.
In addition to being sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Kostas Tsimikas has now joined Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the hospital after suffering an injury during practice.
Adrian may be needed in goal at the King Power because Calvin Ramsay and Caoimhin Kelleher have also been dealing with physical issues during preseason.
Although Roberto Firmino has recently been closely associated with a move to Juventus, the Brazil international should still compete with Darwin Nunez for the number nine position here.
For Man City, Ruben Dias battled through illness and injuries to play the whole 57 minutes of the victory over Bayern, but Aymeric Laporte is still out with a knee injury.
The trio of John Stones, Phil Foden, and Ilkay Gundogan, who were unable to go to the United States for preseason, will all be available to Guardiola here, with the former and Nathan Ake prepared to relieve some of Dias’s defensive pressure.
Haaland, a fellow newcomer who played only 41 minutes in Green Bay, is certain to lead the line ahead of Julian Alvarez, while Kalvin Phillips should be content to sit on the bench.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Diaz
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish