'Will it show a lot?': Jurgen Klopp gives his honest opinion on the importance of the Community Shield
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'Will it show a lot?': Jurgen Klopp gives his honest opinion on the importance of the Community Shield

Jurgen Klopp shared his thoughts on the importance of the Community Shield this week. Liverpool face Manchester City in the event.

Is the Community Shield at all important? That’s one of the biggest questions in English football – but we imagine most will say ‘no’.

In theory, it perhaps should be. It’s silverware, after all, and a game between the two teams who truly achieved something at domestic level last season. One showed the best record over the entire season, the other was the sole team in the country that went through a competition undefeated.

Saturday’s event take on extra importance, too. It’s Liverpool vs Manchester City, the likely two title contenders and the teams who have dominated English football over the last few years. One of them gets to lay down a marker and perhaps score an early psychological win.

Perhaps we’re stretching here, though. Jurgen Klopp certainly seems to think so as he gave his thoughts on the importance of the Community Shield this week. The boss only thinks it’s important if Liverpool win.

Jurgen Klopp on the Community Shield

“The game on Saturday, will it show a lot about the season? I expect two good teams,” he said, per Liverpoolfc.com. “I saw last night [against RB Salzburg], even when we lost, especially in the second half, I saw us in a really good shape.

“I hope that we can bring that on the pitch on Saturday as well. But, of course, it will be a challenge just to play now 90 minutes. I’m not sure how the weather in England is but it can be hot as well, so that all comes then together.

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“We will see. But if you win it, it’s a very important competition. If you lose it, then it becomes lesser important.”

We can certainly see that argument. If Liverpool beat City, they’ll carry that into the season but if they fail, we imagine they brush it off easily as a pre-season fixture. No one, after all, will judge the campaign’s success on this game come May.

Regardless, we fully expect Klopp to play his strongest XI for the game and he hinted at that on Wednesday. Even if defeat doesn’t mean all that much, this is still a game the players will be determined to win.

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