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The player who would lift an FA Community Shield for the first time

By Charles Cornwall

The player who would lift an FA Community Shield for the first time

Lifting the FA Community Shield for the first time is a major motivation for Jordan Henderson and his Liverpool team this weekend.

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The Reds begin competitive action for 2022-23 by taking on Manchester City in the annual curtain-raiser on Saturday, with King Power Stadium the venue. Jürgen Klopp’s men have yet to experience success in the Community Shield, losing the tie on penalties to City in 2019 and Arsenal a year later.

Putting that record right sits top of a strong list of incentives in Henderson’s mind as the squad depart their Austria training camp and focus fully on the occasion. “It’s another chance to win silverware and we haven’t won it before,” the captain told at the base in Saalfelden. “So of course we want to go there and we want to win the game and we want to win the trophy.

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“We’ll do everything in our power to do that and hopefully it puts us in good stead going into the Premier League season the week after.” A single point separated Liverpool and City in the race for the top-flight title last term, with the destination of the championship decided in the final minutes of the final day. They also tussled directly in the Emirates FA Cup, the Reds winning their semi-final showdown at Wembley and going on to claim the trophy in May.

Everyone will be looking forward to the game

And the chance for Henderson and co to pit themselves against Pep Guardiola’s side adds further significance to the Community Shield meeting. “It’ll be a really interesting game for sure,” said the No.14. “I’m sure everybody is looking forward to it. We’ve had a decent break, so players, fans, everyone will be looking forward to the game.

“We look in good shape, so hopefully come Saturday we’re raring to go and we can get the result we want against City. “We have pushed each other, challenged each other and the levels we’ve got to have been amazing really. When I think about it, they have probably pipped us to a few more than what we’d have liked. “But for us it’s just about concentrating on what we can control, and that’s our performances, our results, and hopefully this season we can have another good season again.”


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