Liverpool vs Manchester City: 5 times the Community Shield was anything but friendly

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Liverpool will play in the Community Shield for the first time since 2006 on Sunday, and their presence in English football’s showpiece season-opener has seemed to confuse Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds boss had to ask if the game against Manchester City – who will play in the Shield for the fourth time in nine years – should be viewed as a friendly or not when he spoke at his pre-match press conference.

But one look at these famous fixtures will show Klopp that no, the Wembley clash is not a friendly at all.

As these games show, things can often get spiky…

Kevin Keegan and Billy Bremner start a war, 1974

“I want a good clean fight, protect yourselves at all times…”

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Cometh the hour mark of the meeting between Liverpool and Leeds in 1974, cometh all hell breaking loose.

After Leeds’ Johnny Giles had aimed a punch at Liverpool’s Kevin Keegan, Whites skipper Billy Bremner then squared up to England’s then star striker, and the pair traded blows which ended with them both given their marching orders by referee Bob Matthewson.

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Both then took off their shirts as they trudged off, and they were later fined £500 each and banned for 11 matches, with the FA criticising them for apparently promoting hooliganism.

Liverpool won on penalties after a 1-1 draw, but no-one really remembers that.

Roy Keane sends Gus Poyet flying, 2000

Gus always regretted saying nice things about Mick McCarthy

In the last showpiece club clash at the old Wembley, Roy Keane decided he wanted to make some history. And so he spent the game kicking lumps out of Chelsea players.

In a bad-tempered affair, both sides flew into challenges with reckless abandon, with Dennis Wise’s lunge on Ryan Giggs almost sparking a mass brawl.

A minute later, Keane scythed down Gus Poyet to earn a straight red card, with Mario Melchiot later adding to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s opener to secure a 2-0 Chelsea victory.

Steven Gerrard seeks to make a point to Patrick Vieira, 2002

Two icons of the Premier League there (not El-Hadji Diouf and Abel Xavier)

After Arsenal’s Double-winning 2001/02 season they took on league runners-up Liverpool in Cardiff , where Steven Gerrard was determined to stamp his authority on the game. And his foot on Patrick Vieira.

Gerrard was booked for an early lunge on the Frenchman, and then he escaped being sent off for a similar challenge on Thierry Henry, leaving Arsene Wenger fuming and describing the Liverpool man as “reckless and dangerous.”

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Despite Gerrard’s best efforts, Arsenal won 1-0 thanks to a Gilberto Silva goal.

Francis Jeffers lights a spark that would explode six weeks later, 2003

Steve Bennett had to get used to this

Francis “Fox in the Box” Jeffers didn’t make much of an impact at Arsenal, but his antics in the 2003 Shield lit the blue touch paper for one of the Premier League’s most infamous clashes six weeks later.

Twelve minutes after coming on as a substitute, Jeffers kicked out at Phil Neville to earn a straight red card from referee Steve Bennett, who was also the man in the middle for the “Battle of Old Trafford” six weeks later, which was in many ways sparked by this game.

United ended up winning on penalties, but a penalty six weeks later ended up being a lot more infamous…

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Branislav Ivanovic brings some Serbian beef to Villa Park, 2012

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With the clash switched to Villa Park because Wembley was needed for the Olympics, Chelsea and Manchester City played out a thrilling 90 minutes, with the Londoners shooting themselves in the foot.

Just two minutes after Fernando Torres had given them the lead, Branislav Ivanovic launched into a challenge on his Serbia international teammate Aleksandar Kolarov and was sent off.

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In a clash featuring eight more bookings, goals from Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri in a 12-minute spell early in the second half swang the game City’s way, with Ivanovic left to dwell on his moment of madness.





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