Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reacts as Erling Haaland misses sitter in Community Shield loss

Manchester City missed the chance to kick off the new season with their first piece of silverware after going down to a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool.

The Reds opened the scoring in Leicester through Trent Alexander-Arnold, who found the back of the net after just 21 minutes. 

City, who started with new star signing Erling Haaland up front, had to rely on their other summer addition Julian Alvarez to bag the equaliser as the Argentine netted just 12 minutes after coming off the bench.

Late goals from Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez eventually sealed the win for the Reds, who claimed their first Community Shield under the reign of Jurgen Klopp.

After the match, losing boss Pep Guardiola was peppered with questions about his £51million man Haaland, who missed a sitter from six yards in the latter stages.

"He had chances, two or three in the first half, and one in the end, and always is there," was City manager Pep Guardiola's assessment.

Of the Norway international's glaring late miss, he added: "He is strong, another time he will put it in the net. It happened. It is football. He was there.

"He had another goal disallowed because the ball was over the line.

"He fought a lot and made the movements. It is good for him to see the reality of a new country and new league.

"He was there but today he didn't score and another day he will score. He has an incredible quality and he will do it.

"He has had just two weeks, two weeks and a half, and I am really comfortable with what we are seeing since we arrived this season.

"I am not absolutely concerned. The reality is we have two or three months ahead of us. He is going to help us."

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