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MARTIN KEOWN: Community Shield may give an insight into whether Liverpool can reboot

MARTIN KEOWN: Community Shield may give insight into whether Liverpool can reboot again next season… but don’t expect a competitive clash after the short break

  • Leeds’ clash against Liverpool in 1974 is one of my Community Shield memories
  • That was a feisty encounter, but don’t expect Saturday’s contest to be similar 
  • We don’t know the state of Arsenal and Liverpool’s players after the short break 

One of my earliest memories of the Community Shield – or Charity Shield as it was known – was in 1974.

It was the first year it was held at Wembley Stadium. I was only eight at the time and First Division champions Leeds United faced FA Cup winners Liverpool.

Johnny Giles punched Kevin Keegan, who then brawled with Billy Bremner. It finished 1-1, with Keegan and Bremner shown reds, then Liverpool won on penalties.

One of my earliest memories of the Community Shield is Liverpool and Leeds’ clash in 1974

But don't expect Saturday's showdown between Liverpool and Arsenal to be as competitive

But don’t expect Saturday’s showdown between Liverpool and Arsenal to be as competitive

That was a feisty and fierce curtain-raiser to the new season….