Match Preview: Liverpool vs Chelsea – UEFA Super Cup

Liverpool and Chelsea square off in the first-ever all-English UEFA Super Cup at the Vodafone Park in Istanbul tomorrow evening.

The 2018-19 campaign saw English sides dominate the European competitions, with both Champions League and Europa League finals featuring clubs from the Premier League.

Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time in history, beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final. The Reds will meet Chelsea, the Europa League winners, in the annual UEFA Super Cup game on Wednesday night.

Both sides kicked off their Premier League campaigns this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s boys trashed Norwich 4-1 in the opener, while Frank Lampard had a Chelsea debut to forget, losing 4-0 at Manchester United.

However, ‘Super Frank’ will have the chance to win his first trophy as a manager of the London Blues and literally forget about the game at Old Trafford.

The 2019 UEFA Super Cup is played at the Vodafone Park in Istanbul, a city which has a special place in Liverpool’s fondest memories.

Team news

Liverpool will miss their first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who suffered a calf injury in the Premier League opener against Norwich.

The Reds’ hero from the last season’s Champions League campaign, Divock Origi showed an excellent performance against the Canaries last Friday and is expected to keep his place in the starting eleven.

N’Golo Kante should be back in Chelsea’s starting line-up, after coming on as a substitute at Old Trafford on Sunday, while Willian is also in contention to make an appearance.

However, all of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain sidelined.

What did the managers say

Jurgen Klopp believes Chelsea will be a very different side with Frank Lampard in charge and without Eden Hazard this season.

“The Super Cup itself is not a cup that I’ve really loved to watch in the past because I was often (the beaten finalist in the Champions League or Europa League),” he said via TEAMtalk.

“The Super Cup is obviously the final proof; if you are not in that game, it means you didn’t win the final. That’s completely different this year, so we’re looking forward to it. It’s a big one.

“It’s a final, but the big difference between the Champions League final and this game is that it’s a new season, a different opponent. I think Chelsea have changed a lot: a new manager, Eden Hazard is not there anymore.”

Frank Lampard will target his first silverware as a manager. He says his players will need to be ‘absolutely ready’ for the encounter with the European champions.

“We need to be absolutely ready. It’s a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I’ve never won it; a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything,” the new Chelsea boss said via UEFA.

“Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be. You can lose finals; they’re very tough.

“But what you cannot do is lose it on the premise that we weren’t prepared, or we didn’t have that hunger or desire or everything you need to try and win a game of this magnitude.”

Stats

This will be the first time a Spanish club has not won the UEFA Super Cup since 2013, when Bayern Munich beat Chelsea on penalties in Prague.

The last time both sides faced each other in Europe was back in April 2009 – a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League quarter-finals. Chelsea progressed to the semis with a 7-5 win on aggregate.

Liverpool won 2-0 in their most recent meeting thanks to goals from Mane and Salah. They will be looking to win back-to-back games against Chelsea for the first time since November 2011.

However, Klopp has only won three of his nine games against the Blues since joining Liverpool back in 2011.

Lampard appeared in two of Chelsea’s three Super Cup finals as a player, losing both (4-1 to Atletico Madrid in 2012 and on 5-4 penalties against Bayern Munich in the following year).

The Blues have won the competition only once previously – back in 1998 against Real Madrid, while Liverpool will be looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time in their sixth appearance.

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