Summer signing Darwin Nunez sealed a 3-1 victory for the Reds as Liverpool landed the first blow of the season on champions Manchester City by winning a thrilling Community Shield encounter.

The English FA Cup winners were pipped to the English Premier League title by a single point last term after a season-long fight with City, but came out on top in a tremendous game in Leicester.

Playing at the King Power Stadium rather than Wembley, which will host tomorrow’s Women’s Euros final, the two sides did not hold back in a match that tends to be badged as a ‘glorified friendly’.

Reds full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the opening goal with a curling effort from the edge of the box which took a slight deflection off Nathan Ake and nestled in the far corner.

He celebrated by raising his finger to his lips in front of the City supporters, who had helped generate a thunderous atmosphere by trading jibes with their Liverpool counterparts.

Newcomer Julian Alvarez brought the Citizens level, by staying alert after Phil Foden’s shot was saved to poke home the equaliser from close range, with the goal awarded after a lengthy VAR check.

Mohamed Salah edged Liverpool back in front by scoring from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining after referee Craig Pawson adjudged, from looking at the pitchside monitor, that Ruben Dias had handled inside the area.

Nunez then had the final say, stooping to head in from close range before wheeling off to celebrate in front of his new supporters.

Credit: BBC.

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