Three domestic super cups were staged last weekend to mark the beginning of 2022/23 season with Liverpool’s success in clinching their first Charity Shield in 16 years.

The Reds snatched a 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend. In the first battle of Premier League main title contenders this season, the game was tight though less intense as usual. It was also preliminary showdown of their big signings, Darwin Nunez from Jurgen Klopp’s side and duo Erling Haaland-Julian Alvarez from The Citizens. Liverpool opened the scoring through Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long curling shot outside the six yard box. Yet, Guardiola’s men equalised as Alvarez tapped the ball into the back of the net. It was the Argentine sensation’s goal in his official debut. However, The Reds were back in front as Mo Salah converted the penalty successfully before Nunez extended their lead to seal a win. It is their first Community Shield trophy since 2006.

Manchester City vs Liverpool 1-3

Goals: Julian Alvarez (70); Trent Alexander Arnold (21), Mo Salah (83), Darwin Nunez (90+3)

Manchester City: Ederson – Nathan Ake, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo – Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne (Ilkay Gundogan 73) -  Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish (Phil Foden 58) , Riyad Mahrez (Julian Alvarez 58)

Liverpool: Adrian Murcia –  Joel Matip, Virgin Van Dijk, Trent Alex Arnold (James Milner 74), Andrew Robertson – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson (Harvey Elliot 73), Thiago (Naby Keita 85) – Mo Salah (Curtis Jones 90+4), Luis Diaz (Fabio Carvalho 90), Roberto Firmino (Darwin Nunez 59)

Meanwhile, in France and Germany top flight, PSG and Bayern won the super cup match convincingly as usual. Le Parisien routed 2022 Coupe de France winner, Nantes, 4-0 in Israel. Messi bagged the first followed by Neymar’s sublime free kick and penalty to wrap of the goal fest with Sergio Ramos’s back heel goal in between. It was a satisfactory display for Christophe Gaultier’s men before their campaign begins. The combination of Messi-Neymar is worth waiting to support Mbappe later, especially in the Champions League.

Die Roten were involved in a goal galore before smashing RB Leipzig 5-3 last weekend. Bayern already took the three-goal lead before the interval with Jamal Musiala, their new signing, Sadio Mane and Benjamin Pavard. At the second half, they conceded three times as Marcel Halstenberg, Christopher Nkunku and Dani Olmo found the back of the net. Luckily, Julian Nagelsmann’s side replied twice from Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane. It was an entertaining encounter but most importantly, Bayern has been more fluid with no more traditional number 9 as Lewandowski up front, which makes them even more dangerous, just like what Nagelsmann hopes for.