Liverpool returned to Premier League standards by beating Manchester City 3-1 in the annual Community Shield.
Local lad Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring in the first half, Julian Alvarez managed to pull one back for the Sky Blues, but Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez powered the Reds to victory.
Record signing Darwin Nunez had an instant impact after being substituted in the 59th minute. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is full of praise for Liverpool’s new number 27.
Speaking to the official Liverpool club website, Klopp said “It was good, it was really good. It will definitely get better with time. We live in a world where everyone is judged at first sight and that doesn’t help anyone, but it happens all the time.
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Then when he came in we passed him every bullet to chase him away and after the third bullet he was completely killed and then everyone judged his first touches and that sort of thing.”
The German added:It’s just a joke, but you have to live with it, he will come out of it brilliantly, we are patient, and we know he can do good things. I liked his impact today; I liked the impact.”
Klopp also spoke about the impact of players from the bench in general, “One of the highlights of the game, as good as we were, was probably the impact off the bench – [it] was truly exceptional. Everyone who came was immediately in the game – very, very, very helpful. A superior sign. It was a good match, a good start from us“
Liverpool next face French side Strasbourg tonight, in their final pre-season game before their Premier League campaign begins at Fulham next Saturday.
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