Manchester City and Liverpool meet in the Community Shield on Saturday. Credit: Getty.

Man City vs Liverpool: Does winning the Community Shield have any bearing on the Premier League title?

We’ve had a look at how often the side who pick up silverware in the first game of the season go on to finish first in the top flight.

Friday, 29th July 2022, 12:34 pm

Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to battle it out once again for the Premier League title this season.

In three of the last four years the clubs have finished in the top two, while no other team have won the title since 2017.

Their respective success has bred a healthy, yet ultra competitive, rivalry between the clubs, who contested an FA Cup semi-final last season and have pushed each other to the wire in two title races in recent years.

Both sides have also lost significant talent this summer in the form of Raheem Sterling and Sadio Mane, while they’ve also added young, promising strikers Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez to their respective ranks.

It’s unsurprising, therefore, that few are tipping anyone other than City or Liverpool to win the title in 2022/23.

This relatively new rivalry will be renewed again on Saturday when the teams play out the 2022 Community Shield in Leicester.

It’s a game that could offer Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp an opportunity to lay down a marker for the upcoming campaign, or take some form of psychological advantage from day one.

But in reality, how pivotal is the Community Shield in determining who finishes first in the league?

We’ve had a look over the last 11 finals to determine whether the season-opener does indeed have any impact on which side end up winning the title…

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