Adrian the hero as Liverpool edge out Chelsea in shootout to claim Uefa Super Cup victory

Jason Burt
The Liverpool players embrace Adrian after his decisive save in the penalty shootout - REX

Try telling Liverpool the Super Cup does not matter. Try telling Jurgen Klopp who sprinted to wrap his arms around Adrian. Trying telling the second-choice goalkeeper, without a club a few days ago, who made the crucial save in the penalty shoot-out and later cherished the trophy to make himself an instant Anfield hero and try telling Liverpool’s fans and their co-owner John W Henry who tweeted one word: “beautiful”. Yo Adrian, you did it.

Winning is a habit and Liverpool have their second European trophy in a few short months and while it felt a little mad that extra-time was played, that players were dropping to the turf with cramp and others folded in exhaustion in 24 degree heat beyond midnight there was simply no relenting; no inch given.

It was a quarter to one in the morning – Istanbul is two hours ahead of the UK - when Chelsea substitute Tammy Abraham stepped up to take the 10th spot-kick in the shoot with all the previous nine having been converted. Adrian saved with his legs and the celebrations exploded, compounded by the fact that nine-tenths, if not more, of the stadium was decked in red. Such is Liverpool’s global reach.

That reach gripped the Turkish capital 14 years ago when Liverpool won another penalty shoot-out on Istanbul soil as, of course, they defeated AC Milan to triumph in that incredible final. They came from behind in that game and did so here, although obviously not so miraculously, and they also went on to win the Super Cup that year – the last time an English club had claimed it.

This victory meant it is four Super Cups and 13 European trophies – and a record 43 overall - for Liverpool amid the sense that there is an unrelenting gathering, trophy-hunting momentum around them and Klopp. Frank Lampard and Chelsea know that feeling as well with their serial achievements especially when their new head coach was such a feted player for them and knows all about the intensity of a fierce rivalry with Liverpool.

Giroud fired Chelsea into the lead Credit: PA

Lampard looked crushed at the end, probably drained by all the exertions, and this was actually the third successive Super Cup that he has lost having twice been denied as a player. But there is great encouragement in Chelsea’s performance, far more organised and coherent than in their defeat to Manchester United last weekend with N’Golo Kante simply outstanding, which was all the more impressive as he was not fully fit, and Christian Pulisic rich in promise. They will be ok. Like Liverpool they had 20 attempts on goal, a remarkable total for both sides to reach which showed how even it was.

Still Lampard has now lost to United and Liverpool in his opening two games in charge of Chelsea although his immediate concern will be recovering his players for his first home Premier League game against Leicester City on Sunday.

Liverpool have even less time as they travel to face Southampton on Saturday in what will be an unrelenting campaign for them with this being the second of six trophies they are fighting for. They lost in the Community Shield – also on penalties – but they have this won as Klopp led the rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Again it showed how much it meant. “Stay greedy,” Klopp had said and Liverpool intend to be gluttons.

The Liverpool manager was right to complain about the folly of extra-time but his complaints at half-time would have been directed at his team as they were out-played by a slick, rapid Chelsea with Pedro also prominent and he went agonisingly close as he combined with Olivier Giroud and took advantage of a slip by Joel Matip to shoot across Adrian with the ball coming back off the crossbar. Lampard kicked the turf in frustration.

He had tinkered with his formation using Kante as his predecessor, Maurizio Sarri, had done on the right of midfield and it worked. Kante was the dominant player and surged from halfway with Pulisic quickly taking the ball on before sliding a pass behind Matip for Giroud to collect and calmly shoot low across Adrian, who had earlier denied Mateo Kovacic, and into the net.

Liverpool had intended to rest Roberto Firmino but they needed him. Using Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left of the front three, in what was his first start since his horrific knee injury in the Champions League semi-final in April 2018, had not worked and so Firmino came on and made an immediate impact. Liverpool drew level.

Fabinho lifted the ball over the Chelsea defence from the area’s edge for Firmino to acrobatically beat Kepa Arrizabalaga to it. Just as it appeared the goalkeeper would recover Mane bundled past him and followed up to score into the unguarded goal.

For a while Chelsea were reeling but they gathered themselves, with Abraham and Mason Mount coming on, and the striker’s first involvement was to help Arrizabalaga push out a low and deflected Mohamed Salah shot with the goalkeeper further excelling as he reacted to the follow-up by turning Virgil Van Dijk’s effort onto the cross-bar and away.

Adrian kept out Tammy Abraham's tame spot-kick Credit: AP

The unwanted extra-time came and the contest was more attritional, if unrelenting. Players were visibly struggling but it was Firmino and Mane who worked together again with the former cutting the ball back to the latter to side-foot high into the goal off the cross-bar.

Even then it was not over. There was then controversy as referee Stephanie Frappart – who was superb – awarded Chelsea a penalty as Abraham beat Adrian to the ball and tumbled to the ground. Liverpool protested there was no contact, the video assistant referee deemed it was not a clear and obvious error and Jorginho stepped up to trundle the penalty low past a clearly stung Adrian.

But the 32-year-old would have his revenge and there will have been satisfaction for him in denying Abraham, in particular, although Chelsea will feel aggrieved. He really was far off his goal-line. Unsurprisingly Adrian, draped in a Spanish flag, was the last player to leave the pitch. “We love Istanbul,” Liverpool tweeted. It showed.

10:55PM

Heartache and hope for Chelsea, another Istanbul shootout success for Liverpool 

The old footballing cliche 'it's never nice to lose on penalties' will felt hard by Abraham and Chelsea. But after their 4-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday this was a great performance by the Blues and Lampard, once he's got over the manner of the defeat, will be happy at the effort his players put in tonight. 

For Liverpool it's another European final win in Istanbul. While lacking the drama of the 2005 win over AC Milan, the vicotry over Chelsea was secured in the same manner - in a shootout from 12 yards. 

Both sets of players will need several ice baths over the next few days after dishing up an entertaining match in hot and humid conditions at Vodafone Park. 

10:49PM

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a happy chap. 

"It was tough, it was humid and tough. A lot of the lads were struggling in extra-time. 

Chelsea are a good side and it's not a great way for them to lose on penalties. I am happy for Adrian who is the hero tonight. 

We're delighted to win, we want to win as many trophies as possible. 

We now need to recover for Saturday's match [against Southampton]"

10:47PM

LIVERPOOL BEAT CHELSEA 5-4 on penalties to win the Super Cup

It was a poor penalty by Abraham as his miss allows Liverpool to win their fourth Uefa Super Cup.

The Reds came back well in the second half but you have to feel for Chelsea who didn't deserve to lose in that manner. Lampard's side looked good going forward and the performance will give the new manager a lot of hope for the season ahead. 

10:44PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - SAVED! Liverpool 5-4 Chelsea

Agony for Abraham as the Chelsea player fires down the middle only to see Adrian stick his leg out and win the Super Cup for Liverpool! 

10:43PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 5-4 Chelsea

Salah sends Kepa the wrong way and Liverpool have scored all five. 

10:42PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 4-4 Chelsea

Emerson thumps it straight down the middle. Easy. 

10:41PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 4-3 Chelsea

Alexander-Arnold like Origi just sees the ball creep past Kepa who again goes the right way. 

10:40PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 3-3 Chelsea

Mount hits it right into the top of the net. Nerves of steel from the youngster.

10:40PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 3-2 Chelsea

Liverpool's European hero Origi breathes a sigh of relief as he sees his penalty creep under Kepa.

10:39PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Another excellent penalty as Barkley fires right into the corner giving Adrian no chance. 

10:38PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea

Fabinho makes it three good penalties from three, he places it right into the corner of the net. 

10:37PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Jorginho scores again putting the ball into the same corner as Firmino.

10:37PM

PENALTY SHOOTOUT - GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea 

Firmino makes no mistake slotting home, sending Kepa the wrong way.

10:31PM

FULL-TIME - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea 

That's it, the first all-English Super Cup will go to a penalty shootout...

It's 12.30am in Istanbul and the stage is set for one of Adrian and Kepa to be a hero way past their bedtimes...

10:28PM

118 mins - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Mount, yes him again, shots from just outside the area to force Adrian into another good save. 

10:27PM

117 mins - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

We're moving into next-goal-wins territory but the players are looking weary. Three minutes left, can either side summon up one last effort? 

10:24PM

112 mins - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Mount has looked very impressive and only adds to the feeling that he is a first-team player as he forces a fine save from Adrian after good work from Abraham. 

Pedro, my man of the match, then follows up a minute later with a long-range shot that only narrowly goes wide. 

10:22PM

Cool as you like 

Jorginho picks up the ball having cooley slotted home his penalty.  Credit: Getty Images

 

10:21PM

 109 mins - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

No chances so far in the second period of extra-time - some players may well be settling for conserving energy for the weekend happy for the match to meander towards penalities. 

10:17PM

105 mins - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

One player who doesn't look tired is Mount, the Chelsea man battles hard with Alexander-Arnold and wins a free-kick inside Liverpool's half. The set-piece comes to nothing...

10:13PM

HALF-TIME of extra-time - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

I am going to stick my neck out and say this won't go to penalties. Chances are coming thick and fast and there are even more tired legs and players (it is past midnight in Istanbul...) out there now than there were 20 minutes ago.

10:11PM

104 mins - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

This came is now opening up with spaces all over the pitch. Pedro, who has has a great night, plays in Abraham whose shot narrowly goes wide. Had the midfielder got more on the ball that was in the back of the net and Chelsea were 3-2 up.

10:09PM

102 mins - Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Mane will not get a hat-trick as Klopp takes off Liverpool's two-goal hero. On as his replacement is Origi, the hero of that Barcelona comeback, who tends to save his goals for big European matches, not a bad sub.

10:07PM

Double for Mane

Mane celebrates his second in Istanbul  Credit: Reuters

 

10:06PM

98 mins - GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

Adrian has had a good game but he makes a howler in bringing down Abraham as the Chelsea youngster was running away from goal. Easy decision for Frappart who points to the spot and she is backed by VAR...

Jorginho is the coolest man in Istanbul and he slots home the penalty to bring the scores level. 

10:02PM

94 mins - GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea

Mane gives Kepa no chance as he fires right into the top of the net after a fine pull back from Firmino. 

Firmino to Mane - sounds familiar, doesn't it...It was great work from the Brazilian and a brilliant finish from the Senegal striker. 

9:58PM

91 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Extra time begins with Alexander-Arnold on for fellow full-back Robertson. Gomez cuts in from the left to force Kepa into another save. 

 

9:56PM

Hands up if you didn't want extra-time

Liverpool's Mo Salah has run his socks off in Istanbul and it still isn't over.  Credit: Reuters

 

9:53PM

Extra time brings extra worries

You suspect an added 30 minutes is the last thing either manager wanted before the start. It's late and still hot and humid in Istanbul, not the ideal preparation for the weekend's Premier League fixtures...

Southampton (who Liverpool face) and Leicester (who provide Chelsea's opponents) will, however, be thrilled...

9:51PM

92 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Salah nearly seals the win as he fires right across the goal, Firmino is not able to get on the end of it and the ref blows her whistle to indicate this is going into extra-time. 

9:48PM

90 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

We're into injury time - can either side find one last dramatic goal? 

9:47PM

 88 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea are finishing strongly and seeing a lot of the ball. Mount has looked very good since coming on and the young gun wins a corner. 

From the resulting set piece Zouma somehow heads over from three yards. 

You get the feeling this is going to extra-time. 

9:44PM

85 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

So, so close to a late winner for Liverpool as Mane is played in by the ever-threatening Salah, but he fires wide...luckily for him the flag is raised and it wouldn't have counted. 

9:41PM

81 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Kante and Pedro work well together once again (I make that at least the 50th time they've done that tonight...that's probably not an accurate figure you you get my drift...). The Frenchman crosses for the Spaniard whose shot is blocked. 

Then with the next attack Chelsea punish Liverpool for defending with such a high line as Mason Mount is played in and fires into the corner. Unfortunately the youngster is rule offside and it remains at 1-1. 

9:36PM

73 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

WOW, just WOW.

Kepa somehow keeps Chelsea level with not one, but two great saves. From the corner Salah fires goalwards, Kepa gets down low to stop the ball going into the back of the net, unfortunately for him he parries it into the path of Van Dijk who stabs the ball goal bound. Somehow Kepa throws himself at the ball tipping it onto the crossbar. 

You rightly celebrate goals but sometimes, and this is one of them, it feels as if you should celebrate save with the same gusto. 

9:32PM

 72 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

There are some tired legs out there now, but that doesn't prevent Van Dijk playing a delightful long ball for Salah who displays a collector's item (a poor touch from the Egyptian) -  it comes off Zouma for a corner. 

9:27PM

68 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Perhaps it is the heat and humidity of a late Istanbul evening but the match has entered a bit of a lull phase. The pace has dropped as Liverpool play keep-ball in front of a watchful Chelsea defence. 

9:25PM

Fab Firmino 

Super sub Firmino acrobatically sets up Mane's goal.  Credit: AP

 

9:23PM

63 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

More changes as Milner makes way for Wijnaldum - fresh legs for the Liverpool midfield. 

The first bit of action for the Dutchman is to watch Pedro and Pulisic work well together to create a chance for the American on the edge of the Liverpool box. 

9:20PM

60 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Giroud looked offside and is shocked not to see the flag before firing in a weak shot. In his defence it was, very late, called offside...

Chelsea are now spending some much-needed time in Liverpool's half and you suspect Lmaprd will be pleased that his side were able to weather that second-half storm by Firmino and the Reds. 

9:16PM

57 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea are under pressure here and struggling to get out of their half. Giroud is isolated up front. 

9:13PM

53 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Sorry to sound like a broken record (actually that's a lie, I'm not...) but Firmino is creating havoc at the moment. He's turned the match around for Liverpool and once again finds space finding Salah before just failing to latch onto the return pass. 

These are testing times for Lampard and his Chelsea side. 

9:12PM

Mane makes no mistake

How could he? It was an open goal the Liverpool man fired into...

Mane equalises for Liverpool. Credit: Getty Images

 

9:10PM

50 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea 

It's all about Firmino at the moment. He drops off to find space in the middle, playing in Mane wide on the left who finds Milner who forces a save from Kepa. 

So far this second half is a complete contrast to the first 45 minutes. 

9:08PM

48 mins - Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Firmino is now gluing the front three together, he picks up the ball at the top of the D before laying it off to Fabinho who just fires wide...what was I saying about the term 'Super Sub'?

9:06PM

47 mins - GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

The dictionary definition of 'Super Sub'? 

Firmino latches on to a lobbed pass from Fabiniho dinking the ball ball neatly into the path of Mane who walks it into the back of the net. 

Scrappy but highly effective. 

9:03PM

45 mins - Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

You suspected Klopp would make a few changes at the break and now the teams are back on the pitch we can confirm he has done exactly that, call me a soothsayer...

The German has decided that Oxlade-Chamberlain's first start in over a year should come to an end, replacing the Englishman with Firmino. The Brazilian was brilliant against Norwich at the weekend and Klopp will be hoping that he can get a bit of structure into the Reds' front three. 

8:54PM

Giroud loves a European city break...

He comes in for some (unfair as far as I am concerned) stick at times but that was Giroud's 12th goal in 16 European appearances for Chelsea. 

By contrast he has just seven strikes in 49 domestic matches for the Blues.

Who doesn't love a nice European city break? 

Giroud after his opener against Liverpool.  Credit: Getty Images

 

8:49PM

HALF-TIME - Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea are deservedly one goal to the good at the break. Having weathered an early spell of pressure from Liverpool the West Londoners dominated, thanks largely to the work of Kante, Pedro and Pulisic. The Chelsea trio are working well and look dangerous every time they get on the ball. 

Liverpool in contrast have looked laboured and are overrun in midfield. 

Even before the match several substitutions were expected, but perhaps Klopp will ring the changes sooner rather than later. 

 

8:45PM

Joy for Giroud

The French striker celebrates his goal that gave Chelsea the lead over Liverpool.  Credit: Getty Images

 

8:43PM

40 mins - Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea 

It looked like Pulisic, like many of the Chelsea players having a fine game, doubled the Blues lead. 

BUT unfortunately it is ruled offside (correctly). He picked up the ball wide on the left before cutting into the box and firing into the corner. Not that I am wanting to heap too much pressure on the young star but that looked Eden Hazard-like in its creation and execution. 

It's all Chelsea at the moment as we approach half-time. 

8:39PM

35 mins - GOAL Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea have been threatening to score and deserved to score.

Kante drives forward in the middle of the park driving past Fabinho before passing to Pulisic. The American the plays a defence-splitting pass to Giroud on the lefthand side of the box and the striker calmly slots it home. 

8:36PM

34 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

The Blues are looking sharp and are well worth a goal for their dominance of the past 15 minutes. They looked good before United scored on Sunday and will be hoping history doesn't repeat itself. 

8:34PM

32 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea 

Don't call me Nostradamus as a goal wasn't just scored...BUT...thanks to a fine pass from Pedro (who is looking very good) Kovacic has the chance of the match so far as the Chelsea man meanders into the box nearly rounding Adrian, forcing the keeper into making a brilliant stop. 

8:32PM

31 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea 

Still an open game and you get the feeling a goal isn't far off. 

Apologies if I have tempted fate with that declaration...

8:31PM

29 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea 

Another chance for Mane as the striker has a free header in the box but fires straight into the arms of a grateful Kepa.

8:30PM

Pedro pulling the strings

Pedro fires against the crossbar as Chelsea go close against Liverpool.  Credit: Getty Images

 

8:28PM

25 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

Yet more good signs for Chelsea. Kante and Pedro are dominating in midfield and they work well together to feed Pulisic who is offside before firing in a shot wide of goal. 

8:25PM

Kante being made to work

Kante is looking good at the Vodafone Park having passed a fitness test this afternoon.  Credit: Getty Images

 

8:23PM

20 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

Robertson shows he's a fine defender as well as superb attacking full-back as he holds off Pedro through the middle and prevents the Chelsea man from getting in a shot. Robertson is always switched on and he needed to be then. 

This match is probably a bit too open for both managers, and as I typed that Pedro once again got into the box, firing in a vicious shot that hits the crossbar. Positive stuff here from Chelsea who look, on the balance of play at the moment, the better side. 

8:17PM

15 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

Salah goes very close. Set free by Oxlade-Chamberlain the Egyptian Ace fires in a shot that is well saved by Kepa. Good signs for Liverpool fans, worrying ones for West Londoners. 

8:15PM

13 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea 

Deja Vu all over again as Henderson does well down the Liverpool right before putting in a testing cross for Mane. Christensen does very well to head away the danger, after a torrid time against Manchester United on Sunday that will give the Dane some much-needed confidence. 

8:13PM

10 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

Kante being called on a lot at the moment. It was touch and go whether the Frenchman would start - the decision was made late in the afternoon - and it looks like his fitness will be tested tonight. 

 

8:10PM

8 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea 

Ball breaks to Fabinho on the lefthand side of the Chelsea box but the Liverpool man hits his shot straight at Kepa in the Blues goal. Klopp's side looking good here and seeing more of the ball. 

8:08PM

4 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea 

Liverpool go close with a spectacular overhead from Mane after Henderson's cross from the right. It came of Christensen and goes for a corner. 

The big shock is that the dreaded VAR is not called upon. It looked like it hit the Chelsea defender's hand and that's just the sort of error that has in the past been punished with a penalty and ushered in years and years of heated debate.

8:04PM

2 mins - Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea having the better of the early exchanges, the Blues are seeing a lot of the ball but no end product just yet.

8:01PM

Breaking down barriers on banks of the Bosphorus

The teams are on the pitch,  apparently it's very hot and sticky in Istanbul and for the first time a woman will referee a major European final, Stepanie Frappart from France is breaking down barriers for females, who said tonight's match is pointless? 

Breaking down barriers, Stephanie Frappart.  Credit: Getty Images

 

7:51PM

Chelsea ready for action 

 

7:44PM

Trophy time...

For those of you unable to identity the Super Cup trophy from a lineup of sparkling silverware here's what it looks like...

Eyes on the prize... Credit: UEFA

We think it's not as iconic as old 'Big Ears' (the Champions League trophy, as if you didn't know...) or the more arty Europa League prize (a bit of silverware that wouldn't look out of place in some postmodern exhibition in a Central European city gallery...), but overall it's not a bad-looking thing to play for. 

7:36PM

Premier League Euro takeover...

This is the third consecutive all-English European cup final - impressive. For Klopp the dominance could well continue this season, but to be honest, so long as Liverpool are winning he doesn't give two hoots...

English football at the moment is in a very good moment...last year was pretty impressive and maybe this year will be the same. 

But I only care if [Liverpool] are doing well, I don't care about the rest. 

7:32PM

A Super Cup first...

Tonight's all-Premier League final will see the eighth English side win the Uefa Super Cup - Liverpool are going for their fourth win while Chelsea are hoping to lift the trophy for a second time. 

Liverpool haven't won since 2005 and Chelsea got their hands on the title back in 1998. 

Djibril Ciisse and Louis Garcia celebrate after the Spaniard scored the third goal in the Super Cup win against CSKA Moscow in 2005.  Credit: Getty Images

7:27PM

Lampard looking on positive side...

In only his second competitive match as Chelsea manager Lampard has a chance of winning a trophy. He is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing him and his side, not only tonight but over the season. They have lost their best player, Eden Hazard moving to Real Madrid, and thanks to a transfer ban have been unable to bring anyone in. As far as tough starts go at a club never seemingly happier than when sacking managers that is worth a caps lock TOUGH...

I am not scared, otherwise I would not have taken the job...I have very strong ideas on how I want my teams to play and this is an important trophy against a very good Liverpool side. 

In terms of the defeat at Old Trafford I think you always learn as a manager.

The clear lesson for everyone was if you make defensive errors against good teams it will cost you.

7:18PM

Derby delight in, err, Azerbaijan...

While Liverpool secured their place in the Super Cup final with the win over Tottenham, Chelsea booked their trip to Istanbul thanks to a dominant 4-1 win over London rivals Arsenal in Baku, of all places...

Baku brilliance for the Blues in Azerbaijan.  Credit: Reuters

 

7:13PM

Liverpool's Barca brilliance 

The Reds' win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final was instantly forgettable if you are anything over than a Liverpool fan. So rather than remind ourselves of that victory in Madrid let's grab this opportunity to get all excited again and reminisce about that magical night at Anfield that got them to the final. 

The happiest of singsongs for the victorious Liverpool side back in May.  Credit: PA

 

7:08PM

Chelsea team news...

Lampard has named his side and the big news is that N'Golo Kante, a doubt heading into the match, starts. After their defeat to Manchester United on Sunday the sight of the defensive midfielder on the pitch will doubtless come as a huge relief to Chelsea fans and Kurt Kouma and Andreas Christensen at the heart of the Blues' defence. 

CHELSEA: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Pulisic

Fear not Chelsea fans, Kante starts tonight.  Credit: AFP

 

6:58PM

Liverpool team news...

For Champions League winners Liverpool Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold are on the bench.

Joel Matip starts at centre-back with Joe Gomez moving to full-back. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to play in a front three with James Milner picked ahead of Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield.

LIVERPOOL: Adrian, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah

6:54PM

Time for some Turkish delight

Good evening liveblog fans, it is that time of the season when two continental titans face-off to get their hands on the Super Cup, the highly prestigious trophy they all want to win. Well, that's how UEFA would like this clash to be thought of, for most fans, however, the match is viewed as somewhat of a glorified friendly. But a trophy is a trophy and both sides for different reasons will be keen to win in Istanbul. 

The big question many want answered is will Jurgen Klopp give Liverpool's pre-match team talk dressed only in a shirt tucked into a pair of Cristiano Ronaldo-branded pants? Apparently the German showed off his sartorial daring streak by doing just that before his side's Champions League final against Real Madrid last year. Considering they lost that match 3-1 we reckon he might err on the side of caution and stick to delivering his rousing rallying call wearing his preferred tracksuit number. 

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard might also decide to display his cautious side this evening. The Blues were torn apart on the counter-attack as they stumbled to a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Liverpool, who finished 25 points ahead of the West London club last season, are a side that not only relish exploiting gaps and vulnerable defenses but are, on their day, one of the best at it. 

The worry for Lampard's side is that they conceded similar goals throughout pre-season with too many players attacking to have anything approaching protection for the defence. If Chelsea adopt the same approach as Sunday and pre-season, Liverpool will simply lick their lips, burst into the space and likely create havoc. 

Lampard claims his side have learned their lesson and told them to "give them everything" at Vodafone Park. 

"It's going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think, 'Oh, we could've done that' or 'We missed that opportunity' or 'We weren't quite ready' or make any excuses for ourselves," Lampard told uefa.com. 

"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.

"Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be."

For obvious reasons - think miracle, AC Milan, and 2005 if in need of some clues - Istanbul holds a special place in Liverpool's hearts and the chance to win another European trophy in the Turkish city is one Klopp's side, who easily beat Norwich 4-1 in their Premier League opener on Friday, do not want to pass up. 

Despite their defeat at Old Trafford Klopp insists his side will not be taking Chelsea lightly. 

"I didn't know that everybody expects us to win. So far we could avoid that information until you told me. No problem for us what people think around us," the German said. 

"We respect Chelsea a lot, saw the game against Manchester United and if you saw the game without the result you would have no idea how the game was because the game was really a very good game.

"[With Lampard as new manager} everything is fresh, everybody is ready and on their toes. They will be 100 per cent ready and we have to make sure we are ready too.

"Everything that doesn't help us to win the game you have to ignore."