Nunez shines as Liverpool win 16th Community Shield title
By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor
Liverpool have lifted their sixteenth Community Shield trophy after they walloped last season’s Premier League champions, Manchester City, 3-1 on Saturday, 30th July at the King Power Stadium.
The contest was a feast of goals for the Reds who were decisive to clinically finish off their chances despite being surpassed on goal attempts and possessions by City.
English right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, was the first to open the goal bank for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the 21th-minute to dazzle the tension in the first half before Manchester City equalized through Julian Alvarez 20 minutes to the 90.
However, in what could be likely an even scoreline to the 90 was averted as Mohamed Salah slotted in a spot-kick in the 83rd before Liverpool’s newbie, Darwin Núñez rounded up the crusade of goals.
It was a disappointing day for Manchester City’s newbie Erling Haaland who was one of the players on the lookout as his attempts were either hitting the crossbar or held by Liverpool’s goalie Adrian.
Meanwhile, in a post-match interview, Trent Alexander-Arnold said the win was of importance to the squad because they have started the season on a winning note.
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“This one means a lot as it’s the third time we’ve been in it. Our season started today and it was important for us to get off on the right foot,” he told the media.
The right-back praised Nunez for his excellent performance during the game where he won a penalty and scored a late winner.
He said, “[Nunez’s performance] has got to be up there. He won the penalty, scored a goal and looked very lively. He’s been bought in to score goals and he’s proved he can do that today.
“He’s a top player, a young player who is willing to learn. He’s bonded well with the lads. He came on with a point to prove,” Trent Alexander-Arnold added.
He stressed the club aim for a wonderful season where they hope to win titles in the end.
“Who knows what will happen throughout the season? We aim to be as fit as possible to push them from the very first kick. This was the perfect start and we hope to win trophies along the way,” he reiterated.
Liverpool, who were last season’s contenders for the Premier League trophy, travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday, August 6 to take on Fulham.
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