Manchester City and Liverpool, the two best teams in England last season, will go head-to-head for the first piece of silverware in the 19/20 season.
Guardiola will be looking to start the season strong with a win over Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Man City’s pre-season has been vastly different from their challengers Liverpool, having the Citizens win three of their four games. They only lost to Wolves on penalties.
Liverpool, on the other hand, has had three losses, one draw and a recent win against Lyon in their last five friendlies. Pre-season often, but not always, dictates what the following season will look like for the club. But with the incredible accomplishments, Liverpool made last season, it would be ridiculous to rule them out of winning any of the trophies.
Despite being the least prolific of competitions, both sides will be eager to pick up the silverware. It also gives each coach a view on where they are compared to their opponents, and the two teams will be trying to gauge each other. Therefore, we can expect a strong line up on each side.
The Football Manc Cave gives you the starting eleven that Pep Guardiola should go with against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield…
With Walker, Laporte, and Stones, Man City have an experienced defence. The three will have dealt with the Liverpool attack in recent seasons. With the rise of the young Zinchenko last season, Guardiola should put trust in him to cope with and learn from his battles against the Liverpool attack.
Guardiola has favoured Rodri since his £62million arrival from Atletico Madrid. The defensive midfielder has put in great competition for Fernandinho, which makes him a fantastic signing as he is intended to be his replacement. Giving Rodri a taste of a competitive match against their biggest rivals for silverware will give the new boy a sense of what life in the Premier League will be like.
David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are included because they are two of the best midfielders in the world. The two can turn any game on its head and are pivotal to Man City’s success.
Sergio Aguero may well make an appearance, as himself and Gabriel Jesus are back in training ahead of the match.
Gabriel Jesus should begin the game. After scoring in the semi-final of Copa America to knock Aguero’s Argentina out, and bagging a goal against Peru in the final to lift the cup, it makes sense to give the 22-year-old Brazilian the opportunity over the 31-year-old Argentinian.
Jesus could be the future of Man City’s attack and should be given more opportunities has Aguero ages. Against Liverpool Pep can see how he links up with Sterling and Bernardo Silva.