Liverpool clinched the Community Shield by defeating Premiership winner Manchester City at the King Power Stadium.
Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring for Liverpool with a long-range strike which took a flick off the head of Nathan Ake before beating the dive of Ederson and finding the far corner.
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City clawed their way back into the game after the break as substitute Julian Alvarez bundled the ball home from close range, with the goal eventually given after Video Assistant Referee VAR overturned an original offside call.
However, it was Darwin Nunez, Liverpool’s new striker who stole the show with a match-winning cameo appearance.
First, his goal-bound header was blocked by Ruben Dias’ arm, and after a VAR review, referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot.
Mohamed Salah made no mistake from the spot, firing the ball past Ederson before Nunez capped a superb day for Klopp’s men, heading home from close range as last season’s FA Cup winners secured the first silverware of the season.
While many of the headlines ahead of the game were focused on Man City’s new striker Erling Haaland, who was handed the opportunity to impress from the start, however, it was Nunez’s late introduction from the bench – including a stoppage-time goal – that swung the game in Liverpool’s favour and grabbed all the plaudits.