Latest Football News From Manchester: How Man City should line up vs Liverpool FC in Community Shield – Simon Bajkowski

City, who pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title on the final day, can win their first bit of silverware this season and strike an early blow over Jurgen Klopp's side in the process.

Pep Guardiola will be looking for his side to get off to a good start ahead of next season's Premier League opener vs West Ham after two friendly wins in the US in the past week. Guardiola may ease new signing Haaland into action after he scored on his debut vs Bayern Munich in a 40-minute appearance in Green Bay.

Guardiola will also have to decide whether to play John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden, who all missed the US trip due to American entry requirements, while Aymeric Laporte didn't travel due to injury.

Read how our writers think City should line up below and use the interactive team selector to pick your own starting XI:

With no left-back signed yet, it doesn't make sense to risk Joao Cancelo. Josh Wilson-Esbrand has impressed on tour and deserves the chance to show what he can do against Liverpool.

Similarly, Ruben Dias can put his feet up for this one and allow John Stones to come in and partner Nathan Ake after the England international missed the tour. Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out of the August games so City need Dias to be at his fittest.

Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland contributed nicely together against Bayern Munich and Grealish will be looking to cement his place in the team ahead of a big second season. Riyad Mahrez is the obvious choice on the right.

In midfield, Kevin De Bruyne has looked terrific all year and Ilkay Gundogan has been short of minutes after not going on the tour.

Pick your best team here:

Obviously everyone wants to see Erling Haaland, especially against Liverpool, but I'd start Julian Alvarez. He's unknown, he's fully fit, and his performances in the US deserve a start to stretch the Liverpool defence. Haaland can come off the bench when the pace of the game may be a bit slower as he's eased back into action.

Aside from that, Guardiola should stick with most of the XI that faced Bayern Munich last weekend. Kyle Walker can replace Josh Wilson-Esbrand, who performed very well but senior full-backs will be needed against Liverpool. Nathan Ake deserves to start, too, after his two friendly performances.

The midfield of Rodri, De Bruyne and Bernardo picks itself, while the players who didn't travel to USA can make up for lost time as substitutes – giving a first pre-season look at Phil Foden, John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan.

Like Joe I find it difficult to see a scenario where Erling Haaland starts this evening. The plan is clear to make sure Haaland is ready for West Ham and with this being the Community Shield it seems unlikely he will start – a cameo off the bench should not be disregarded though.

That opens the door for Alvarez to get more minutes in his legs ahead of the Premier League kick-off. Josh Wilson-Esbrand impressed in the USA and with Zinchenko gone, he could feature on the left with Joao Cancelo moving to the right.