By Jack Cunningham
Manchester City face title rivals Liverpool in the Community Shield this weekend as the curtain raiser to the 2022/23 season.
The two top teams from last year will do battle once more in a bid to win the first silverware of the campaign ahead of the Premier League returning.
City edged out the Reds to the title, while Jurgen Klopp’s men were victorious in the FA Cup.
Both sides were almost perfect last season, and they have also been active in the transfer market.
The defending champions have recruited Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Julian Alvarez, while the Reds have signed Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsay and Fabio Carvalho.
The Community Shield is part of the pre-season schedule, but whenever these two meet, there are fireworks, and it would be a surprise if it were any different this time around, especially with all of the new additions.
Manchester City v Liverpool: talkSPORT coverage
The Community Shield will take place on Saturday, July 30 and will kick off at 5pm.
It will be held at Leicester’s King Power Stadium as the final of Women’s Euro 2022 is taking place at Wembley the following day.
The referee for the match will Craig Pawson while John Brooks will be on VAR duty.
The match will be live on talkSPORT with coverage starting at 4pm with Adrian Durham.
Commentary will then come from Joe Shennan and former England defender Stuart Pearce.
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Manchester City v Liverpool: Team news
City have no long-term injury issues to contend with ahead of this match and will have a full squad to pick from.
Haaland and Phillips will likely start while fellow new arrival Julian Alvarez will hope to feature too.
Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish have both impressed in pre-season.
For Liverpool, Diogo Jota is a doubt with a hamstring problem.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also looks set to miss out with a similar issue he picked up in pre-season.
Alisson has missed a lot of pre-season but should have recovered to play, while Ramsay is unlikely to be match fit.
Nunez should start up top for the Reds.
Manchester City v Liverpool: What has been said?
New City man Phillips: “I think over the past few years at Leeds I’ve done really well.
“Obviously, I got into the England squad as well and done really well there and I’m very appreciative of what I’ve done at Leeds and everyone I’ve been around.
“I just want to test myself on the next step with players who have an unbelievable work ethic and an unbelievable manager as well.
“The quality of the players City have got, the way that they play and the way that they pass the ball around is an unbelievable style of play.
“It’s something I’ve always been attracted to.”
Liverpool star Nunez: “I’ve played against Liverpool and I’ve seen them in lots of games in the Champions League, and it’s my style of play.
“There are some great players here and I think it’s going to suit my style of play here.
“As I say, I’ve watched quite a lot and it’s a very big club and I hope I can give everything that I’ve got in order to help the team.”
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