The kick-off before the initial kick-off of the Premier League has arrived. Two Champion clubs of last season face-off each other in the preseason finale which is famously known as Community Shield Cup.
A highly-anticipated Premier League season will be a head on after seeing Liverpool vs Manchester City as a warm-up game, this Sunday. An intriguing season of club football awaits the call of Community Shield.
Let me just say this; Community Shield is a way to get two heavyweights rolling. An end to the pre-season and an opening of domestic season, stakes for FA Community Shield look high and handsome. The Champions of last year and their bitter rivals promise yet another meeting of dauntlessness.
Liverpool come off an unwanted loss against Napoli where the Merseyside gave away goals rather welcomingly and lost the game 3-0. Manchester City, however, were their usual in preseason games, winning as always.
There’s a little at stake when you compare Community Shield to Premier League but when it comes to City and Liverpool, in the last few seasons it has been a parallel to the rivalry that used to be present between United and Liverpool in Ferguson era.
Liverpool would not see this match as a usual banter with Manchester City but as a chance to avenge their defeat of January, the same game that left their title hopes shattered. Jurgen Klopp and his army would rather want to prove their point at the start of this season.
Both the teams will miss their star performers going into the game. Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will both be missing for the Manchester, while Mohamad Salah and Sadio Mane will be missing for Liverpool.
The game can be called even before the start because of the absence of valuable players of both squads. If Aguero is absent so is Salah. But the best part about these two teams is their depth and the way they present themselves without the likes of their most dependable footballers. Thus, the game between Liverpool and Manchester City will be one more haven for football fanatics which will surely carry on the baton of “undying rivalry” between two top clubs.