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Liverpool Target First Community Shield Title In 14 Years

Premier League Champions Liverpool are preparing to achieve their next target trophy which is their first Community Shield title since 2006.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are to face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in England’s traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium.

Both sides have 15 Community Shields title between them while Manchester United are the most successful with 21 titles.

Liverpool last tasted Community Shield victory in 2006 when they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales. 

The Reds also hope to avenge the defeat they suffered in the hands of Arsenal, when both teams last met in the fixture in 2002.

Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva, who joined the Gunners after helping Brazil win the World Cup in the same year, had scored the winning goal.

Liverpool lost 5-4 on penalties to Manchester City after regular time ended in 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile Arsenal have won their last three fixtures in 2014, 2015 and 2017 after defeating Manchester City (3-0), Chelsea twice (1-0 and 4-1 on penalties) respectively.

Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson says the Community Shield match against Arsenal is another opportunity to add more title to the club.

“You’ve got to look at the players in the squad and the manager as well, it’s always about looking forward and wanting more and improving,” he said.

“Just to keep going and win as many trophies as we can because we’ve proven that over the last few years we’re a top team.

“Pre-season is no different. You’ve got to train so hard to be ready for the first game of the season, which for us comes against Arsenal in the Community Shield.

“We’ve got to be right at it come that first game and we’ve got another chance to win silverware.

“After that, the Premier League starts pretty quick after that as well, so you need to be ready.”

Arteta who admitted that his team are not in the best shape, says he is looking forward to the game.

“We’ve had two training sessions so you can imagine that this game comes straight in the middle of our mini pre-season, but as well we haven’t had much time to lose a lot of the condition.

“Obviously it’s not an ideal moment to play in this final but the players are motivated. Obviously it’s another opportunity to win a trophy and we will go for it.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool have suffered injury blows with Henderson, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of the game.

Arsenal have injury doubts as well, with defensive trio Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers who will all miss the start of the Premier League season.

But there is cheering news for the Gunners as Arteta has raised hopes that a new contract is close to being signed by FA Cup hero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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