Arsenal Vs Liverpool PREVIEW: Gunners, Reds Rumble In Season-Opening Showdown
The Community Shield is up on us again, a clear sign that the new Premier League season is just around the corner.
Not all have caught their breath from the long 2019/20 season which only ended five weeks ago with Liverpool winning the top prize in emphatic fashion.
As it is usually said, a coach is as good as his last game, hence the breathtaking achievements of the Reds with Jurgen Klopp last season is now history.
Will Liverpool continue their fine run in the season-opening Community Shield contest or it is the Gunners that surprised many to win the FA Cup; beating Manchester City and Chelsea that would carry the day; Saturday’s clash at Wembley will provide answer
Of a truth, most fans recognise the Community Shield as little more than a glorified friendly match — and the empty stands at Wembley will do little to dispel that outlook.
This is a trophy both clubs have lifted 15 times in the past – only Manchester United have won it more often – while it will be their 24th appearance in the traditional season curtain-raiser too.
Liverpool arrive back to England having taken part in a pre-season training camp in Austria, during which they beat Stuttgart 3-0 but needed to come from two goals down to draw with Red Bull Salzburg.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have played just one pre-season game ahead of this match, beating MK Dons 4-1 on Tuesday.
Saturday’s match is set to be one of the last chances both managers have to look at their full squads before the new season begins, with a large contingent due to jet off on international duty next week.
What the Managers Said
Jürgen Klopp: “We prepare for a whole season, one of the most intense we’ll ever experience in our lives because of the amount of games, the time we have for that and all these kinds of things. It’s not perfect but it’s as perfect as it can be. We will try everything to win the game, that’s how it is. Arsenal will probably do the same..”
Mikel Arteta: “[on beating Liverpool in July] I think it gave us a big platform of confidence and belief that we could challenge and play against the top teams at that level as well and beat them.”
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Saliba, Luiz, Tierney; Cedric, Willock, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Brewster, ManeVAR: David Coote, Dan Cook
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