Liverpool were unable to win the first domestic trophy of the season at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
The Community Shield might be described as a ‘glorified friendly’ by some but to the players, managers and fans of the teams involved… it matters.
Joel Matip cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s opener with a late equaliser, but City triumphed after winning the penalty shoot-out 5-4.
Nevertheless, both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will be encouraged by their players’ performance levels.
Both teams look ready for the start of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, which gets underway later this week.
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Ahead of the new season, Liverpool and Man City will have the same primary objectives as the previous campaign.
Liverpool will be intent on ending their long wait for a Premier League title, while City will be focused on becoming European champions for the first time.
In order to win the league, Liverpool will need all of their players to perform just as well as last season - if not even better.
Virgil van Dijk was outstanding last season, picking up the PFA’s Player of the Year award, following a flawless campaign.
The Netherlands international, who is widely regarded as the world’s best centre-back right now, is currently the favourite to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or award ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
He provided the assist for Matip’s equaliser, but it’s another clip featuring the world-class defender which is currently doing the rounds on social media.
Football fans noticed Van Dijk apparently spotting himself on the big screen at Wembley before ‘motivating’ his teammates.
Basically, they think he was playing up to the cameras; only motivating those around him because he knew he was on the big screen at the time.
Now, this is obviously an extremely cynical opinion - but you can make your own minds up by watching the footage here…
Here’s what football fans are saying after watching the clip…
You’ll notice the number of people saying that Klopp and Guardiola also play up to the cameras; Klopp with his overly enthusiastic celebrations and Guardiola with his frantic behaviour on the touchline.
But rather than acting up, surely it’s more likely that we’re simply seeing the real Van Dijk, Klopp and Guardiola here?News Now - Sport News