Jurgen Klopp declared his Liverpool side are ready for the new season after their 3-1 victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s opener was cancelled out by City debutant Julian Alvarez in the second half, but the Reds responded as Mohamed Salah converted a penalty before Darwin Nunez marked his debut with a goal.
Coming off the bench, Nunez made a key difference to Liverpool as they fought to prevent the tie from going to a penalty shoot-out. He showed that the early signs are promising in the club’s bid to ease the loss of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich.
The win means Klopp has won every trophy available to him in English football, having previously fallen short in the Community Shield, and he declared his side were primed to go again after a gruelling campaign last term.
“I liked the game a lot, but most of the time City games against us are cool to watch. We don’t always win, but they are entertaining,” Klopp told ITV.
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“I was happy with our start of the game, but every sub made a difference. The boys are ready and it is good.
“We saw Darwin Nunez in dangerous situations. He used the spaces and finished well, too.”
Liverpool played every fixture possible last season as they won the League Cup and FA Cup, while losing in the Champions League final to Real Madrid in Paris.
The addition of Nunez should improve Liverpool’s attack, as they failed to score in any of their three finals last term, aside from in penalty shoot-outs.
Andy Robertson believes the former Benfica player, who has faced flak from some critics early in his Reds career, will be a valuable addition to the squad.
“Not bad, after all that’s been said about him the last couple of weeks. We need to give him time, but he’s shown so much quality already,” said left-back Robertson.
“We’ve got so much quality in our squad and he’s added to it, he’ll be a good addition.”
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