One should never read too much into the outcome of a Community Shield game City and Liverpool has gone their separate ways since Klopp’s victory at Wembley last season. Still, all signs after Saturday’s match suggest that it will be yet another great fight for honours between these two teams. It was Liverpool who emerged as winners from the east-midlands, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, M. Salah and Darwin Nunez all finding the back of the net, with Julian Alvarez finding the back of the net for Community Shield runners-up Man City, which was his maiden goal for City. On a day where the Community Shield was all about Manchester City and Liverpool star signings of the summer, Liverpool Darwin Nunez was overwhelmingly more impressive than his counterpart. Manchester City struggled to take better from their counterparts early on, but the Reds Darwin Nunez looked right at home upfront from when he came on 30 minutes ago.
When he was introduced, Darwin Nunez was an energetic bundle, and unlike City’s Erling Haaland, Liverpool looked more equipped to complement his talents. Quickly forgotten, Community Shield, it was perhaps just one little moment in the vast, expanding footballing galaxy of greatness for Darwin Nunez; coming off the bench to win the penalty and make the third Liverpool goal, he celebrated so excitedly for something of questionable worth as to suggest that, should the football not pan out, he would enjoy a fruitful future with Liverpool.
It will be tough days for Darwin Nunez, but winning his penalty, which turned the match in Liverpool’s favour and then scoring to secure the Community Shield, will go down as one of his better days. In many aspects, Erling Haaland is a one-of-a-kind striker. He is also the youngest player in Champions League history to score 20 goals. Haaland’s career will continue to set records, and it’s nearly unbelievable that he’s only 21 years old. His finishing talent is unquestionable. Haaland is frequently seen with his cannon of a left foot smashing the ball brutally past a hapless goalie.
Signing one of the world’s most exciting young forwards for just over a rumoured £51 million is an incredible bargain. While the actual cost of this move will be much higher due to agency fees and salaries, a player of this quality is worth it. The best part is that Haaland is already accustomed to being on the receiving end of cutbacks since many of his opportunities at Borussia Dortmund were produced in this manner. So it is just a start for him, and this one game should not be a justification for such talent.