As Liverpool and Arsenal kick off the new domestic season live on BT Sport, here’s all the big stuff to look out for
By Virgin TV Edit
Well that didn’t last long. The football season only finished five minutes ago, but now it’s back with Premier League champs Liverpool taking on FA Cup winners Arsenal in the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.
Ready to go again? Good, because Saturday’s clash on BT Sport has the makings of an action-packed aperitif ahead of the new league campaign. But who will lay down that all-important marker before the big kick-off next month?
It’s an intriguing battle, that’s for sure, and to get you in the mood we’ve picked out five major talking points ahead of the match…
Willian takes centre stage
The best free transfer of the summer? That’s yet to be seen, but big things are expected of the Brazilian playmaker following his move from Chelsea to the Gunners. Will he have time to prove himself? Of course not. Arsenal’s supporters aren’t known for their patience, so only a hat-trick and at least two assists will do this weekend. Best of luck, mate!
Tsay hello to Tsimikas
Despite a deluge of transfer rumours (will it never end!?), champions Liverpool have done very little business this summer. They’ve brought in just the one player so far: Greek left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas from Olympiakos for nearly £12 million. The 24-year-old, who has featured for the Reds in pre-season, should provide Andy Robertson with some much-needed competition this term.
New kits! New kits! New kits!
Both clubs have brand new home and away kits this season, which means we’ll be treated to some of these fresh garments (complete with fancy technology like aerodynamic collars) on Saturday. If you can’t get excited about new football shirts, what on Earth can you get excited about?
Can the Gunners topple Liverpool again?
Arsenal’s recent record against Liverpool makes for appalling reading if you’re a Gooner. They’ve beaten their Community Shield opponents just once in their last 11 encounters, though that victory did come in July with a 2-1 victory in the Premier League. If Mikel Arteta and his players want to prove they’re a force to be reckoned with this season, what better place to start than by defeating Jürgen Klopp’s shiny red winning machine?
This is just the start on BT Sport
Saturday’s curtain-raiser is the prelude to a massive season of Premier League football on BT Sport. With 58 matches exclusively live on the box, you’ll be able to follow all the excitement as it happens. And with the Virgin TV Go app you can watch the drama live wherever there is 3G, 4G or WiFi. Oof.
When is the FA Community Shield on TV?
Coverage of the FA Community Shield clash between Arsenal and Liverpool starts at 4pm on Saturday 29 August on BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527). Kick-off is at 4.30pm.
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