At the King Power Stadium, Liverpool defeated Manchester City 3-1 to claim the Community Shield, and Darwin Nunez’s outstanding cameo from the bench helped Liverpool establish a strong foundation for the upcoming campaign.
Erling Haaland, a new striker for Man City who was given the chance to shine right away, was the subject of many headlines leading up to the game. However, Nunez’s late entry from the bench and a stoppage-time goal turned the tide in Liverpool’s favor and earned him all the credit.
Haaland failed to make an impact on the game as Liverpool controlled the early going. Trent Alexander-long-range Arnold’s shot was rewarded for Liverpool’s early dominance as it took a flick off Nathan Ake’s head, beat Ederson’s dive, and into the far corner.
After the break, City managed to get back into the game thanks to a close-range goal from substitute Julian Alvarez. The goal was later recognized after VAR reversed an initial offside call.
However, when he finally came off the bench, Liverpool’s new striker stole the show. When his goal-bound header was deflected by Ruben Dias’ arm following a VAR review, referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot.
It gave Mohamed Salah the chance to give the Reds the lead, and he took it, putting the ball past Ederson. Nunez then completed a fantastic day for Klopp’s team by heading home from close range as the FA Cup champions from last season earned the first trophy of the season.