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Gomez starts in Community Shield


Jurgen Klopp has named Joe Gomez among his starting lineup for Liverpool’s Community Shield clash with Man City at Wembley this afternoon (3pm BST).

The Reds can get their hands on their first piece of silverware for the season today, in their opening game of the 2019/20 campaign.

Due to City’s domestic treble, Liverpool booked their place in the Community Shield for the first time since 2006 by virtue of their second-placed finish in the Premier League.

This sets up another meeting between title rivals, though it is likely this will be a low-key affair in north London as both sides continue preparations for next weekend.

Regardless, after a week-long training camp in Evian and a 3-1 victory over Lyon in the final friendly of the summer, Klopp has been able to name a strong side at Wembley.

Alisson starts in goal, and will be looking for a sharper start than in Geneva on Wednesday night.

Ahead of the Brazilian in defence are Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

In midfield, Fabinho starts in the deepest role, joined by Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum further forward.

And though Sadio Mane is still absent, Klopp has considerable firepower in attack with Mohamed Salah, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino all starting.

The manager is able to make six changes during the game this afternoon, and Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri are among Liverpool’s substitutes.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Origi, Firmino

Substitutes: Mignolet, Lovren, Matip, Lallana, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri



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