“Norwegian Lukaku”, “Doesn’t Fit Into The System”

Erling Haaland had a start to forget for Manchester City as they were beaten 3-1 in the Community Shield by Liverpool.

The Reds took the lead midway through the first half with an excellent strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold, before new City striker Julian Alvarez netted on his debut after 70 minutes after a lengthy VAR check.

Jurgen Klopp’s side retook the lead with a Mohamed Salah penalty before Darwin Nunez won the battle for big summer signings by opening his account at Liverpool after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Manchester City looked subdued throughout the encounter at Leicester, and while expectations were incredibly high for Haaland’s first game in a Sky Blue shirt, his individual display fell flat.

The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes and made several good runs without the ball. However, his performance will be remembered for a terrible failure in injury time, where he hit the crossbar in front of an open goal inside the penalty area.

City appeared to be struggling to adjust to their game around their new number nine, with the Norwegian striker largely overshadowed by fellow Premier League newcomers Alvarez and Nunez.

After the full-time whistle, fans of all clubs took to Twitter to mock Haaland over his ineffective display:

Highlights of Erling Haaland vs Liverpool | Better than Nunez? 🥶 🥶 https://t.co/noETHdOUVO

Haaland realizes he’s swapped the game from Bundesliga farmers to Premier League teams who actually defend in games. https://t.co/ZcRMMDY5j2

haaland 3 keys in half an hour it does not fit into the system https://t.co/n4ardyhgzz

Erling Haaland when not playing against part-time construction workers who get weekend calls to play as defenders in German top-flight football https://t.co/VqMJgIG3z1

Haaland has had the shock of his life, the defender is actually defending in England and farmers are farming not playing football.

Highlights from Erling Haaland’s first half vs LFC 2022 🥶 🥶 | Better first contact than Nunez ⁉️⁉️ https://t.co/vY4WrzaGWA

I wasn’t going to pass judgment too soon, but Haaland was giving Lukaku vibes.

Hope City take Haaland on at half-time

I expected to see a Haaland fail later, but remembered they were for big clubs only.

Trent Alexander-Arnold praises Darwin Nunez impact as Erling Haaland empties Manchester City

The Uruguay striker was the Premier League’s most expensive signing of the summer and has already started paying back the huge fee by helping deliver Liverpool their first trophy of the season.

Nunez’s header also led to the Reds’ second-half penalty after Ruben Dias’ blatant handball. England full-back Alexander-Arnold was full of praise for his new team-mate after the final whistle.

He told ITV Sport (according to BBC Sports):

“It has to be up there. He won the penalty, scored a goal and looked very sharp. He was bought to score goals and he proved he can do that today.”

Harvey Elliott on Darwin Nunez: “He has everything a Liverpool player needs.”#LFC https://t.co/11PcCPAGgp

The right-back continued:

“He’s a top player, a young player who wants to learn. He bonded well with the guys. He came with a point to prove.”

He added:

“Who knows what’s going to happen over the course of the season? Our goal is to be as fit as possible to push them from the first kick. It was the perfect start and we hope to win trophies along the way. road.”

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