Manchester City will face title rivals Liverpool in the Community Shield this weekend as the curtain-raiser for the 2022/23 season.
The two best teams from last year will face off once again in a bid to lift the first trophy of the campaign before the Premier League returns.
City edged past the Reds for the title, while Jurgen Klopp’s men won the FA Cup.
Both teams were near perfect last season and were also active in the transfer market.
The defending champions signed Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Stefan Ortega and Julian Alvarez, while the Reds signed Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsay and Fabio Carvalho.
The Community Shield is part of the pre-season schedule, but every time these two meet there are fireworks, and it would be a surprise if it was different this time around, especially with all the new additions.
Manchester City v Liverpool: talkSPORT coverage
The Community Shield will take place on Saturday July 30 and will begin at 5 p.m.
It will be held at the King Power Stadium in Leicester with the Women’s Euro 2022 final taking place at Wembley the following day.
The referee for the match will be 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.
Comments will then come from Joe Shennan and former England defender Stuart Pearce.
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Manchester City v Liverpool: team news
City will be without Aymeric Laporte until September as he recovers from knee surgery.
Guardiola said: “Laporte is injured. He had surgery after last season.
“I think he’ll come out in August and maybe in September he’ll start being with us. We’ll see.”
Haaland and Phillips will likely start while newcomer Julian Alvarez is also hoping to feature.
But it remains to be seen if Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan or John Stones will play much as they missed the US tour due to their vaccination status.
Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish both impressed in pre-season.
For Liverpool, goalkeeper Alisson and Diogo Jota have both been ruled out through injury, with Ramsay unlikely to be fit.
Alisson is expected to be back for the season opener but Jota’s return is unknown.
Caoimhin Kelleher has been ruled out meaning Adrian will start in goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also looks set to miss a similar issue he picked up in pre-season, while Kostas Tsimikas is a doubt with a knock.
Nunez should start top for the Reds.
Manchester City against Liverpool: what was said?
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola on the club’s pursuit of Marc Cucurella or another left-back: “He’s a Brighton player, I can’t say anything else.
If it’s possible (to sign a left back), yes, otherwise we stay. Joao can play it, Josh, Nathan. I never complain about the team I have since the first season. What the club can do is for the benefit of the club, not me. I support the club.
Liverpool Gaffer Jurgen Klopp: “It’s a very important game, but we still have to prepare for a season. I can’t ignore the fact that after the game it’s a season – we’ll have to extend our pre-season into the season.