Norwich City and Liverpool fought neck and neck last season for the Premier League, so it is appropriate the pair open the new campaign at Wembley for the Community Shield.
Guardiola and Klopp both in collarless T-shirts, which befits the occasion I guess. A strange experience for the fan the Community Shield – more important than a friendly but none of the stomach-turning anxiety of a league game against a rival.
As the absurd relentlessness unfolded week after week, neither budged and City’s 98 points edged out 97 from the runners-up.
“I went to university in Liverpool years ago and I remember Liverpool and Everton fans would ask ‘are you City or United?’,” Dan Burke, content editor for OneFootball and a contributor to the Blue Moon Podcast, recalled.
Liverpool starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Origi, Salah, Firmino.
City won the league and FA Cup double last season in a historic treble, so Liverpool are their Community Shield opponents for finishing second in the league. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have exchanged blows in the media this week regarding their transfer activity, and will resume their on-field rivalry at Wembley today.
Leroy Sane starts for City amid speculation he would be left out to accelerate a transfer to Bayern Munich, but Aymeric Laporte is injured so Nicolas Otamendi starts.
City starting XI: Bravo; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva; Bernardo, Sterling, Sane.
The best two teams in the country ready to lock horns again. Lots of respect between both managers even if there is plenty of bickering between both sets of supporters.
No one blinked. The question heading into Sunday’s Community Shield encounter at Wembley is has this made them sick of the sight of one another?