UEFA Super Cup Liverpool v Chelsea: preview and possible line-ups
Liverpool taught newly-promoted Norwich a lesson on the opening night of the new Premier League season with a 4-1 win at Anfield on Friday to lay down an early marker in the title race. n spite of conceding a crafty consolation at the hands of opposition dangerman Teemu Pukki, ruthless Liverpool showed no signs of fatigue following a hard-touring summer that included international tournaments for several of their stars. While Jurgen Klopp will vociferously object to any suggestions of complacency, the fixtures may have fallen kindly for him. A trip to Southampton - buried 3-0 by Burnley on Saturday - looms at the weekend. Istanbul holds special memories and future ambitions for the club. The city's Ataturk Olympic Stadium was the setting for Liverpool's remarkable 2005 Champions League final win over AC Milan, and the season closer will return there in 2020, while Wednesday's final will be held at Vodafone Park, the home of Besiktas.
Having been expected to threaten United, Chelsea hit the woodwork twice before half time but could ultimately take little comfort from their near misses as Marcus Rashford's early penalty plus goals from Anthony Martial and Daniel James gave Manchester United a thumping 4-0 win at Old Trafford last Sunday, and Frank Lampard will be looking to silence the critics with a good, or at least better, performance. A summer of optimism has surely given way to a realisation of the task ahead of him for new Blues manager Frank Lampard. The outcome could have been entirely different had Chelsea capitalised on their early chances, but their defensive failings were repeatedly punished during a grim second period. The result will have stung the Europa League holders, although there was enough to suggest they can trouble the likes of Liverpool should they respond to chances more clinically.
"Nobody will forget 2005, but we are different people, we aren't the same – we are the 2019/20 team, a very good one too! "
“Istanbul is a great place for football, I played here once with Dortmund and the atmosphere was brilliant. There’s a big community of Liverpool supporters here in Turkey and that makes it special for us too."
"We respect them a lot, we saw their game against Man. Utd, and the result was deceiving. They made changes, new manager, lost Hazard, lots of new boys, Christian Pulisic, brought in all the young boys like Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, a good team with a really interesting plan."
"I am optimistic because I believe in the players, I am very proud to be here. But I not the ability of the opposition. I believe in my players."
"Chelsea have won a lot, it is hard to pinpoint what winning mentality is, for me it is about a spirit and a bond. I don’t want to give them the ultimatum that if tomorrow we lose then the winning mentality is gone."
"It means a lot to the club. I lost two, one in poor circumstances, having won the Champions League and we were far off that game. We lost in Munich unfortunately, I believe. It is important to give everything to win it. It is another trophy for the club. But for the feeling that we can compete with Liverpool and go from there."
Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Origi, Mane
Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Mount, Pulisic; Giroud