Welcome to our live coverage of Liverpool vs Manchester City in the Community Shield, the traditional curtain-raiser to the top-flight campaign.
These two sides have dominated English football in the past few seasons, and it would be no surprise to see them battling for the Premier League title yet again this year.
How much this game will tell us about any prospective title tussle remains to be seen – and it will also be interesting to see how both managers line up today at the King Power Stadium, which is hosting the clash with the Euro 2022 final between England and Germany taking place at Wembley tomorrow.
You’d imagine neither Jurgen Klopp nor Pep Guardiola wants to give their rivals any chance of a minor mental edge ahead of the campaign but that has to be balanced against the continuing pre-season training requirements.
Both sides also have slightly rejigged attacking options this year, with trusted goal-getters Raheem Sterling and Sadio Mane replaced by shiny young things Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez – and it could be a first real glimpse of how those new cogs fit into two well- oiled winning machines.
However, Klopp has already suggested it will be reinvigoration rather than reinvention for his side.
The German said: “We want to be the team, no one wants to play against because when they have the ball, they have pressure everywhere and when we have the ball we have to have more consistency and then when we have the ball, we have to create new ways, we have to help the boys with positioning, not invent ourselves new, that is not necessary but include new things here and there. That is what we were really working on.”
Today’s game kicks off at 5pm live on ITV. We will have all the pre-match build-up for you before then and then live updates throughout.