Once more, Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to be the season’s main contenders in the Premier League. The two met in Leicester to decide the winner of the Community Shield, the trophy disputed each year between the league and Cup champions.

Haaland vs Nunez
Haaland and Nunez are expected to star this season in the Premier League. (Image: twitter/visaomercado)

Liverpool won the match 3-1 after an electric outing. Fans were eager to watch summer arrivals Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez in action, with the latter winning the first battle of the campaign. Haaland missed two huge chances for City, while Nunez hit the net in extra time to set the final score of the encounter.

The other star-signing in City’s attack, Julian Alvarez, was also involved in the match, netting in the 70th minute to make it 1-1.

Guardiola congratulated his players for “giving everything” during the game, but accepted his team “needs to improve”. “We need games to get our tempo. We will do it,” Guardiola commented.

Guardiola: ‘Haaland is strong. He was always there’

Talking about Haaland, Guardiola said he wasn’t worried by his lack of efficiency in front of goal against Liverpool. The 22-year-old got to a flying start at City netting just 12 minutes into his club debut friendly against Bayern at Lambeau Field earlier this week.

“He’s strong, another time he will put it in the net,” Pep assured. “It’s football, he was there… He had another goal disallowed because the ball was out, so he has this talent and he will score. He had chances – two or three in the first half and one at the end. Haaland was always there,” Guardiola added.

“He fought a lot and made the movements. It is good for him to see the reality in a new country and a new league but he was there. He didn’t score. He has incredible quality and he will do it,” Guardiola said.

“I’m not concerned or worried. I’d have been happy to win and him to score goals but the reality is we have 11 months ahead of us that are so intense – with the World Cup we [will soon] play every three days – and he is going to help us,” Pep concluded.

Who’s going to score more goals this season: Haaland or Nunez?

Well, according to the bookies it’s Haaland. The in-form Norwegian is the main candidate to finish as the Premier League’s ‘Golden Boot’. At +260, Haaland sits ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at +450 and Tottenham’s Harry Kane at +500. Gabriel Jesus follows at +1100, while Son-Heung Min and Darwin Nunez are tied at +1300. Cristiano Ronaldo is even further behind at +1700.