Two late goals handed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool their first trophy of the season as they defeated Manchester City 3-1 in the FA Community Shield at the King Power Stadium.
Liverpool were rewarded for a brighter start as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deflected strike put the 2021-22 FA Cup winners a goal up at the break.
Premier League champions Manchester City hit back in the second half through Julian Alavarez before Mohammed Salah’s penalty and Darwin Nunez’s injury-time header sealed the silverware for Liverpool.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola says he is proud of his players for their effort in Saturday’s Community Shield defeat to Liverpool, but conceded there is still work to do to get up to full speed.
He said,“We’ve had two weeks and a few more days now since we started but in general they gave everything. I said to the players I am proud of how they gave everything.
“Now, we have to improve. We need this month of training to get our tempo and we will do it.”
“The first 15, 20 minutes they were better,” he admitted.
“They got the pace and after we got our game – it was quite similar the last 25 minutes [of the first half], we arrive when they leave space and tried to attack.
“In the second half we started really well, it was tight after the goal and our game was there. We were really good against this team, even in the first half we created enough chances to do it.”
Erling Haaland played the full match on his competitive debut for Manchester City, while Alvarez came on to make his first appearance.
While speaking about Haaland, Pep Guradiola said he was encouraged by what he saw from the Norwegian striker.
“He had chances – two or three in the first half and one at the end. Always he was there. He fought a lot and made the movements.
“It’s good for him to see the reality of the new country, new league. He was there. Today he didn’t score – another day he will score.”