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After Liverpool’s convincing 3-1 win over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield final, Paddy Power announced their decision.
They said on their website: “Some say the Community Shield is just a glorified friendly – but you won’t here that Paddy Power.
“Oh no, we take the traditional curtain raiser so seriously that we’ve decided to be ultra-generous and hit the big red button marked ‘Pay Out‘ to punters who backed Liverpool to win the 2022/23 Premier League title prior to them beating Man City at the King Power today.
“So, if you’ve had a punt on Liverpool to win the Premier League in 2022/23 your winnings are already winging their way to you without a ball even being kicked in the top flight.”
After a disappointing end to their 21/22 season and a mixed pre season, Jurgen Klopp’s side had a point to prove against City, and they came out firing.
They went ahead after Trent Alexander Arnold’s deflected shot found the back of the net.
City equalised in the 70th minute through new signing Julian Alvarez but Liverpool were to have to last laugh.
An expertly taken penalty by Mohamed Salah in the 83rd minute and a stoppage time debut goal for Darwin Nunez sealed a 3-1 victory for the Reds as they lifted the Community Shield for the first time since 2006.
After the match, Klopp expressed his joy of winning the curtain raiser.
He said: “In the moment it feels the best! But we all know it's not the most important competition, we don't have to make it bigger than it is. We don't, we just enjoy the moment.”
The German also spoke about the impact of Nunez.
He said: “It was good, it was really good. It is clear it will get better with time. We live in a world where everybody gets judged on first sight and that's not helpful for nobody, but it happens constantly.
“It's just a joke, but we have to live with that, he will deal with it brilliantly, we are patient, and we know he can do good stuff. I liked his impact today; I liked the impact.”
Liverpool will take on Fulham on August 6 as their Premier League season gets underway.