Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, Luiz, Holding, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
Subs: Leno, Cedric, Saliba, Kolasinac, Olayinka, Willock, Nelson, Smith Rowe, John-Jules.
Liverpool: Alisson, Williams, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Keita, Grujic, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Brewster, Elliott, Koumetio.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here’s the legendary Guardian football correspondent David Lacey on Liverpool in 1979: “Their strength remains in their teamwork and in their ability to get the basic details of passing and positioning right for most of the time. When they have got the ball they consistently make space, when they lose possession, space disappears.” There you have it: the laconic Bob Paisley and the gregarious Jurgen Klopp, two peas in a pod.
Liverpool dominated Arsenal in that year’s Charity Shield. Alan Hansen channelled his inner Franz Beckenbauer, Terry McDermott scored twice, and a swaggering Kenny Dalglish display was topped when he sent Steve Walford off to the wrong fire before slotting past Pat Jennings. Liverpool won 3-1, payback for defeat in a marathon FA Cup semi the season before.
Liverpool got a little payback again ten years later, as the teams met for the second time in the Charity Shield. This one came off the back of the Michael Thomas game, and Arsenal could be forgiven for not giving a solitary shiny one as Peter Beardsley scored the only goal of the game. Liverpool were dominant again that day, though couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that George Graham’s champions had got the better of the deal over the long haul.
The two teams met in this fixture for a third and final time in 2002. It was the very first match under the new Community Shield guise, and it was Arsenal’s turn to dominate. Having won the double the previous season, they showed no signs of letting up, enjoying 56% possession and getting nine shots on target to Liverpool’s measly one. They won 1-0, Gilberto Silva scoring the only goal less than six weeks after winning the World Cup with Brazil.
So here we go: round four! Liverpool haven’t won this thing since beating Chelsea in 2006; since then, Arsenal have won it in 2014, 2015 and 2017, seeing off Manchester City and Chelsea twice. Both clubs are looking to add the Shield to their roll of honour for the 16th time, though Arsenal have more outright wins, 14 to Liverpool’s ten. (They used to share back in the day, kids.) It’s the traditional curtain-raiser between champions and FA Cup winners that doesn’t really mean that much … but neither side will be turning up their nose at silverware either. It’s on!
Kick off: 4.30pm BST.