Many headlines before the game focused on new Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, who was given the opportunity to impress from the start.
But Nunes’ late appearance from the bench, including a stoppage time goal, changed the course of the game. in favor of Liverpool and received all the applause.
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Goals: T Alexander-Arnold (21′) – (1-0). M Salah (83’pen) – (2-0). J Álvarez (70′) – (3-0). D Núñez (90+4) – (4-0).
|Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Diaz, Salah, Firmino.||Ederson, Walker , Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.|
Subs: Nunez, Elliott, Milner, Carvalho(n/a), Jones n/a).
Subs: Foden, Alvarez, Gundogan.
Haaland struggled to make his mark in the game as Liverpool dominated the early stages and their early control brought success when a long-range shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold knocked Nathan Ake’s head off before beating Ederson and finding a long-range shot into the corner.
Manchester returned to action after the break when substitute Julian Álvarez kicked in from close range, and the goal was eventually scored after VAR canceled the initial offside call.
However, it was Liverpool’s new striker who stole the show when he was eventually brought off the bench – his header was blocked by a Rubén Diaz hand and after watching VAR, referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot.
This gave Mohamed Salah the chance to double the lead and he made no mistake by clearing the ball past Ederson before Nunes ended a great day for the club by going from close range as last season’s FA Cup winners took the first silverware of the season.
Liverpool will play Strasbourg in the final pre-season friendly on Sunday at Anfield before playing their first Premier League game of the season away to Fulham on Saturday 6 August.
Manchester City will now focus on defending their Premier League title when they play West Ham on Sunday 7 August.