We can take plenty of learnings from the Community Shield.
This was the last opportunity for Liverpool and Manchester City players to impress before the Premier League returns on Friday.
But do some of you need to consider some changes after what we witnessed at Wembley? Or is it all just about getting minutes under players’ belts?
1 Same old Sterling
Raheem Sterling had his best goalscoring season last time around, breaking the 25-goal mark in all competitions for the first time in his career.
And he picked up exactly where he left off, scrambling home the opener for City in the first half.
Sterling’s ability to adrift across the front three means he’s getting more and more opportunities and scoring far more from inside the 10 yard box.
It bodes well for his scoring statistics – and it’s no real surprise that he is the most picked player on Dream Team so far.
Ignore Raheem at your peril.
2 Wasteful Salah
On a different day Mo Salah could and should have scored a hat-trick, but he left his shooting boots back on Merseyside.
The Egyptian King did everything BUT score, mustering 10 of Liverpool’s 17 attempts throughout the 90 minutes.
Despite Salah’s incredible scoring record in recent seasons he remains profligate and frustrating at times.
He will always have chances and invariably put one or two away, but does his wastefulness today worry you?
46% of you have picked him so far…
3 De Bruyne rediscovers his mojo
It’s amazing to think City still won the Premier League without arguably the best player for most of the season.
De Bruyne spent most of 2019/20 on the sidelines nursing several frustrating injuries.
But on today’s evidence he looks back to his best after a summer off to recharge.
He was involved in everything, pulling the strings from midfield and delivering some wicked set pieces.
The Belgian will surely become a firm Dream Team favourite again this season.
4 Gomez > Matip
Joel Matip produced some incredibly consistent performances for Liverpool at the back end of last season alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Matip capitalised on Joe Gomez’s injury problems to take his team-mate’s place in the starting XI.
But today Gomez started ahead of him, signally that perhaps Jurgen Klopp prefers the Englishman going forward.
Matip came on and scored the equaliser, but Gomez may be the better Dream Team option if he is gets the nod at centre-back.
5 Notable absentees
It was a cracking game – and both teams will feel they still have more to offer.
Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte both didn’t feature for City, while Naby Keita was only a late substitute and Sadio Mane is still away for Liverpool.
Both sides’ strength in depth is remarkable and Aguero, Laporte and Mane will surely become real favourites in the coming weeks.
But today suggests that trio are likely to have a slower start to the season, with Mane almost certainly going to miss Liverpool’s opener against Norwich on Saturday.
38% of you have picked him so far…