Manchester City and Liverpool will raise the curtain on the 2019/20 English top-flight season when they meet in the FA Community Shield on Sunday 4 August 2019, kick-off at 16:00 .
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The Community Shield sees the revival of the rivalry between Man City and Liverpool – certainly the top two teams in England, and perhaps all of Europe. While the Citizens dominated domestically by winning a treble of Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup, the Reds picked up the biggest prize of all by claiming the UEFA Champions League.
The two clubs have set incredible standards and will head into the start of the new Premier League campaign the following weekend as the clear favourites for the title.
In terms of off-season business, City have been the busier of the pair. Manager Pep Guardiola has brought in Angelino from PSV Eindhoven and midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid – the latter could be a key acquisition and a longer-term successor to Fernandinho in the middle of the park.
Liverpool have been very quiet on the transfer marker, with their only incoming player at the time of writing being teenage defender Sepp van den Berg (who is a star for the future rather than one who will feature strongly in the next couple of years). Meanwhile, they have released the likes of Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge.
Yet it is the tactical battle between Jurgen Klopp and Guardiola which will be the really fascinating aspect of this clash for SuperSport viewers, with the German looking to enhance and refine his high-pressing style, while the Spaniard will once again bank on flexibility, fluidity and a crisp passing game to keep the team in light blue on top.
In head-to-head terms, City and Liverpool have met in 165 previous matches. The Reds have claimed 79 wins compared to 44 for the Citizens, while 42 games have been drawn. This will be the first meeting of the clubs in the Community Shield.
Last season City took four points off ‘Pool in the teams’ two league meetings: a 0-0 draw in October 2018 at Anfield, followed by a 2-1 win for the hosts at the Etihad Stadium in January 2019, featuring goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.