Liverpool vs. Manchester City – Football Match Report – July 30, 2022

Summer signing Darwin Nunez scored on Saturday as Liverpool defeated Premier League champions Manchester City 3-1 to claim the FA Community Shield at King Power Stadium.

The Uruguayan player, who was signed from Benfica for an initial fee of €75 million, immediately made himself a fan favorite after capping a lively performance off the bench with a goal in stoppage time to secure the first trophy of the season .

Despite being without Nunez in the first half, Liverpool struck quickly, with Trent Alexander-Arnold opening the scoring in the 21st minute. His first attack made a slight deflection of Nathan Ake’s head and nestled near the post.

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City’s Erling Haaland started his second game since signing for Pep Guardiola’s side and avoided two equalization opportunities shortly before half-time.

Jurgen Klopp introduced new man Nunez from the bench an hour later and Liverpool continued to look dangerous going forward, with City desperate for an equaliser.

And while all eyes were on Haaland, it was another summer signing – Julian Alvarez – who leveled the game in the 70th minute.

The Argentine attacker squeezed a shot past Adrian after a scramble in which Phil Foden won the ball from the Spanish goalkeeper. Alvarez’s goal was initially disallowed as his original catch-up penalty was deemed offside, but a lengthy VAR check ended when Craig Pawson overturned the decision.

But the goal didn’t keep City level for long. Nunez drew a handball from Ruben Dias in the penalty area, which was eventually awarded as a penalty via the VAR. Mohamed Salah deposited the dot with ease.

Victory was assured for Klopp in extra time – and Nunez scored his goal. He nodded home past Ederson to give Liverpool a two-goal pillow and ensure a perfect start to his Anfield tenure.

“Our season started today and it was important for us to start the right way,” said Alexander-Arnold, who praised the impact of 23-year-old Nunez.

“He won the penalty, scored a goal and looked very lively. He was brought in to score goals and he has proven he can do that today,” he said.

“He’s a top player, a young player who is willing to learn. He has a good relationship with the guys. He came with a point to prove”.

This report uses information from Reuters.

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