Summer time signing Darwin Nunez sealed victory as Liverpool landed the primary blow of the season on champions Manchester Metropolis by profitable an exciting Group Defend encounter.
The FA Cup winners had been pipped to the Premier League title by a single level final time period after a season-long struggle with Metropolis, however got here out on high in an incredible sport in Leicester.
Taking part in on the King Energy Stadium fairly than Wembley – which can host Sunday’s Ladies’s Euros remaining – the 2 sides didn’t maintain again in a match that tends to be badged as a ‘glorified pleasant’.
Reds full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the opening purpose with a curling effort from the sting of the field which took a slight deflection off Nathan Ake and nestled within the far nook.
He celebrated by elevating his finger to his lips in entrance of the Metropolis supporters, who had helped generate a thunderous environment by buying and selling jibes with their Liverpool counterparts.
Metropolis’s star summer time signing Erling Haaland confirmed glimpses of what he’ll carry by drawing save from Adrian, whereas Nunez had a one-on-one effort saved out by Ederson.
Nevertheless it was one other newcomer – Julian Alvarez – who scored subsequent, staying alert after Phil Foden’s shot was saved to poke dwelling the equaliser from shut vary, with the purpose awarded after a prolonged VAR examine.
Mohamed Salah edged Liverpool again in entrance by scoring from the penalty spot with eight minutes remaining after referee Craig Pawson adjudged – from wanting on the pitchside monitor – that Ruben Dias had dealt with inside the realm.
And Nunez had the ultimate say, stooping to move in from shut vary earlier than wheeling off to have a good time in entrance of his new supporters.