Liverpool’s opponents for the 2020 Community Shield have been confirmed, and it is Arsenal, who booked their spot against the Reds after beating fellow North London outfit Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final.
The Community Shield pits the reigning Premier League champions (LFC in this case) against the FA Cup winners (now Arsenal) and is the traditional curtain raiser to the top-flight season.
The game will take place on August 29, 2020.
This will also be the first Community Shield meeting between the Reds and the Gunners since 2002. AFC prevailed 1-0 on that occasion thanks to a goal from Brazilian medio Gilberto Silva.
The new PL season will officially begin on September 12, 2020.
Liverpool finished their league campaign with a record high points tally of 99 as they beat Newcastle 3-1 on the final day of what’s been a very long Premier League season.
Here is a look at the player ratings for the Reds for this clash from the local Echo paper. Past LFC sides have been guilty of not turning up at the end of the season (remember the 6-1 v Stoke at the Britannia?), but this one did the job against Steve Bruce’s Magpies.
Three delightful individual goals saw Liverpool conclude their league engagements on a winning note as they beat Steve Bruce’s Newcastle 3-1 at St.James Park.
Jurgen Klopp opted to make several changes from the side that had beaten Chelsea 5-3 in their last game, with the Reds’ attacking troika of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah all rested here.
Liverpool suffered a rare defeat this season as Atletico Madrid upset the Reds 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League tie. Atleti have never lost a Champions League knockout game at home under Diego Simeone, and they maintained that proud record against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Here are the LFC player ratings for this game from the Echo. The XI is perhaps Liverpool’s strongest on paper- yet bizarrely, this happened to be the first time that this group of players have taken the pitch together in the current 19/20 season.
An almost perfect weekend for Liverpool- they won 4-0 against Southampton and rivals Man City lost 2-0 to Tottenham, saw the Reds open a 22 point gap over their nearest title rivals heading into the Premier League’s winter break.
The first half wasn’t easy- one could say Southampton had the better chances, but the Reds grew into the game after the interval. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had sealed the deal against West Ham in midweek, got the Reds up and running in the 47th minute.
Skipper Henderson doubled their advantage on the hour mark and Mo Salah netted twice in the last twenty minutes to put the icing on the cake.
Here are the player ratings from local newspaper the Echo.
Henderson excellent, but fine games for Alisson, Firmino and Salah as well.