COMMUNITY SHIELD PLAYER RATINGS: Darwin Nunez impresses on debut on 3-1 win

COMMUNITY SHIELD PLAYER RATINGS: Darwin Nunez impresses on debut along with Liverpool’s usual suspects Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mo Salah, while Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez struggle for Man City

  • Liverpool put in an impressive display as they beat Manchester City 3-1
  • Jurgen Klopp has now won every honor available to him in English football
  • Erling Haaland impressed with his movement but missed two big chances

Liverpool put in a promising display for neutrals on Saturday as they beat title favorites Manchester City 3-1 in the Community Shield.

They looked sharper than their rivals, as goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez saw them past Julian Alvarez’s strike. The trophy means Jurgen Klopp has now won every honor available to him in English football.

Sportsmail has taken a close look at how each player got in English football’s traditional curtain raiser.

Darwin Nunez put in an impressive display from the bench and scored a late goal

Liverpool

Adrian

Didn’t have an awful lot to do as City lacked sharpness in front of goal, he avoided making any howlers and couldn’t have done much about City’s goal. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Took the opening goal well and generally stretched a side that struggled to close down Liverpool’s fullbacks. 8

Joel Matip

Generally put in a solid showing but occasionally looked flustered by De Bruyne and Haaland. 7

Virgil van Dijk

Enjoyed a fairly comfortable afternoon but was rarely tested by City’s forwards. 6.5

Andrew Robertson

Something of an anonymous game for the Scotsman but he made few mistakes. 6.5

Jordan Henderson

Played well without showing any of the flair that crept into his game last season. 7.5

Jordan Henderson was solid if unspectacular as his side beat Manchester City 3-1

Jordan Henderson was solid if unspectacular as his side beat Manchester City 3-1

Fabinho

Kept De Bruyne quiet throughout and looked assured despite the quality of opposition. 7

Thiago

Troubled a defence that still looked to be finding its feet with his trademark pinpoint passing. 7

Mo Salah

Threatened throughout the game with his famous quick feet and scored an important penalty. 8

Mo Salah scored from the penalty spot and looked dangerous throughout the game

Mo Salah scored from the penalty spot and looked dangerous throughout the game

Roberto Firmino

Didn’t do an awful lot wrong but was outshone by his second-half replacement. 6.5

Darwin Nunez

Proved to be an excellent focal point after coming of the bench. He won Liverpool a penalty and scored a late goal. 8.5

Luis Diaz

Didn’t set the world on fire but did well to keep the City defense under pressure. 7

Manchester City

Ederson

Couldn’t have done much about the goals and proved an assured presence in an otherwise undercooked defence. 6.5

Ederson played well enough but will be disappointed at conceding three goals

Ederson played well enough but will be disappointed at conceding three goals

Kyle Walker

Showed his experience with a solid display but could have done more to contain Liverpool. 7

Ruben Dias

Played fine but didn’t look overly confident in a partnership with Nathan Ake. 6

Nathan Ake

Made no glaring errors but perhaps lacked a bit of sharpness against Liverpool’s premier forwards. 6

Nathan Ake looked a little rusty but made no glaring errors in the match

Nathan Ake looked a little rusty but made no glaring errors in the match

Joao Cancelo

Put in a vaguely disappointing 90 minutes after being such a key player at the Etihad last season. 5.5

Kevin De Bruyne

Had a couple of chances and looked the most to split Liverpool open but was less likely below his best. 7

Ilkay Gundogan

Failed to have much impact but will have benefitted from the game time. 6

Rodri

Struggled to dictate things in midfield but didn’t embarrass himself. 6

Bernardo Silva

Looked bright at times but the recent lack of playtime showed. 7

Riyad Mahrez

Moved well at times but looked sloppy as well and struggled to make an impact. 5.5

Julian Alvarez

Got City back into the game with a goal off the bench and looked lively for the forty minutes he played. 7

Erling Haaland

Would have been frustrated at missing two clear chances but impressed with his strength and movement. 6.5

Jack Grealish

Lacked the creative spark he is famed for and was criticized by Roy Keane for not taking enough risks. 5.5

Jack Grealish played cautiously and failed to make much of an impact on proceedings

Jack Grealish played cautiously and failed to make much of an impact on proceedings

Phil Foden

Brought energy to City as a sub and played in their best period of the game but failed to produce any real quality. 7

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