Liverpool overcame Manchester City in the Community Shield to complete Jurgen Klopp's trophy collection.
Reds reliever Darwin Nunez won 3-1. Erling Haaland had a rough debut.
Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson found plenty of delight down Liverpool's right wing in their yearly encounter with the FA Cup holders.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored for the Reds in a sloppy first half. His curling shot on the back post gave Liverpool the lead.
In the second half, City grabbed a foothold and ultimately equalised with Julian Alvarez's debut goal.
Phil Foden's first-time shot was parried by Adrian to Alvarez, who scored with 20 minutes left. VAR was used to overturn an offside ruling.
Liverpool regained control after a brief rally by Pep Guardiola's men. VAR again awarded a penalty after Nunez's header hit Ruben Dias' hand.
Nunez dipped low to end the curtain-raiser in style. The center-forward was applauded all day and ripped off his shirt in delight.