Nunez outshines Haaland as Liverpool beat Man City at Community Shield

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Liverpool struck first blood against Manchester City ahead of the new Premier League season when Darwin Nunez made an instant impact for Jurgen Klopp’s men to win the Community Shield 3-1.

In a tale of two big summer signings, Nunez came off the bench to win a penalty and score his first goal since moving from Benfica for €75 million ($77 million), while Erling Haaland made a debut in the City to forget.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s tremendous goal gave Liverpool a deserved half-time lead in Leicester.

But it was City’s other new striker who brought Pep Guardiola’s men back into the game after the break when Julián Álvarez equalised.

Tying Mohamed Salah to a new three-year deal was the other big piece of Liverpool’s summer deal and the Egyptian was deadly from the penalty spot after Nunez’s header was saved by Ruben Dias.

The Uruguayan then had his own moment of glory as he ducked for a header in stoppage time before ripping off his shirt in celebration.

The victory saw Liverpool win the traditional start to the season for the first time since 2006 and set an early score in what is expected to be another battle between the teams for the Premier League title.

City overcame the Reds to win the Premier League for the fourth time in five years by one point in a thrilling finish to last season.

Guardiola’s men had to come back from 2-0 down on the last day of the campaign to beat Aston Villa and were once again guilty of a slow start.

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Salah provided the opening goal when he sent a cross from Thiago Alcantara to the edge of the area and Alexander-Arnold hit the post with the help of a slight deflection from Dias.

City had only played two pre-season friendlies against Liverpool’s four and took half an hour to recover.

Haaland was rebuffed by Liverpool’s substitute goalkeeper Adrian with his first sight of goal.

However, the Norwegian should have opened his account at City moments later, as he failed to connect properly with Joao Cancelo’s attractive center.

Nunez was given a chance to shine at the hour mark, but squandered his first big chance when Ederson prevailed heads-up.

At the other end, City’s new South American striker was also off to a great start to his England career.

Álvarez’s arrival at Etihad has gone unnoticed in the turmoil surrounding Haaland.

But the Argentine, who scored six goals in a Copa Libertadores match in May, is also considered one of the most exciting young strikers in the world.

Álvarez was quickest to react to the rebound after Adrián saved Phil Foden’s early effort and the goal stood after a VAR review for offside.

He needed VAR intervention again for Liverpool to regain the lead with seven minutes remaining.

Referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot after seeing a replay of Nunez’s header coming back from Dias’s arm.

Salah was deadly as ever from 12 yards when he drilled into the bottom corner despite Ederson going the right way.

Nunez then put to rest any doubt about the outcome when he pounced on Andy Robertson’s header across the goal.

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But City’s miserable day didn’t end there, as Haaland hit the crossbar with the open goal in stoppage time to keep the Norwegian superstar waiting to open his English football account.

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