Manchester City won their first trophy of the season on Sunday afternoon as they defeated Liverpool on penalties at Wembley to lift the Community Shield.
It truly was a game of two halves as Raheem Sterling's volley gave City an early lead before a Joel Matip header brought Liverpool level in the second half taking the game to penalties.
Often something of a snooze-fest, this season's curtain-raiser was an action-packed reminder of just what we've all been missing throughout the summer football drought.
Naturally, Twitter had plenty to say about the affair.
2002 - Manchester City are the first side to win the #CommunityShield having won both the Premier League and the FA Cup in the previous season since Arsenal (who also beat Liverpool) in 2002. Crown. pic.twitter.com/ftgxsBWdad— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 4, 2019
Despite his heroics, it wasn't the Walker we were used to seeing, as he was sporting his brand new bald look. It's fair to say that got just as much attention as his performance on the pitch.
Kyle Walker finally accepting the future PES 2014 saw for him. pic.twitter.com/EVJFSZrfel— The Athletic's Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 4, 2019
The goal line saw more action earlier on, as Liverpool came to another goal when Virgil van Dijk's header bounced down off the bar, onto the line and back out. This sparked a strange feeling of deja vu for viewers at home.
Alas, the Reds couldn't find that elusive second goal and were left to rue their penalty performance, as both Alisson and Wijnaldum came in for some criticism among supporters.
I love Gini but that penalty was symbolic of his performance during the game.— Simran ✨ (@SimranLFC) August 4, 2019
That's all down to Gini's pathetic penalty... we did well to even get to penalties after that horrible first half... lots to work on. Well done to Manchester City... we'll let you have this one #CommunityShield #livmci— Ross Quinn (@rwq1987) August 4, 2019
Can Allison save penalties?— Scousericey (@scousericey) August 4, 2019
Asking for a mate. #CommunityShield
Many will have seen today's game as an opportunity for each team to show why they will win the Premier League this season. With impressive spells from both sides in an even game, it's fair to say opinion is still split on this one.
Second half, Liverpool were all over City. This performance shows WE ARE READY!— Aciis Khatiwada (@KopiteAciis) August 4, 2019
I am confident, Liverpool will win the PL this season.
City win the #CommunityShield! They beat Liverpool on penalties after the match finished 1-1. Great display of football and still not a lot that separates the sides in terms of first Xi but City has so much depth that a third title is not unlikely. #PL #MCILIV— Stephen Pettitt (@StevePettittZA) August 4, 2019
You know what I love about this video... how fuming the lads look even though it was the #CommunityShield— Samantha Quek (@SamanthaQuek) August 4, 2019
Obviously would rather win it than not, but they will be well up for this season 💪🏻💪🏻
UP THE REDS 🙌🏼 #LFC #YNWA #LIVMCI pic.twitter.com/zL9v0RHkM0
But more than anything, everybody is pleased that the Premier League is (nearly) back once again.
Two best teams in the world play in the Premier League. This 'friendly' proves as much. Can't wait until the season starts later this week. Up the Reds!— Corey Ponder (@GuidedByCorey) August 4, 2019
The English Premier League was a weekend Life saver. Can’t wait for next week— Edwin Quartey (@eddyquart) August 4, 2019
One of the most competitive #ComunityShield ever. That goal line save by @kylewalker2 was the highlight for me. @ManCity just can't stop winning silverware. Can't wait for the @premierleague to begin next weekend. #LIVMCI— ABHISHEK BISWAS (@IM_AB7) August 4, 2019
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