Frank Lampard will be looking to get his first taste of European silverware as a manager when Chelsea take on 3-time Super Cup winners Liverpool.
Liverpool vs Chelsea – UEFA Super Cup
Venue : Vodafone Arena, Istanbul
Date : Wednesday, 14 August 2019
Kick-off : 8 PM BST
TV channel : BT Sport 2
The 44th edition of the UEFA Super Cup sees an all English affair between Liverpool and Chelsea. Last season, it was a clean swipe for English clubs as Liverpool managed to win the Champions League 2-0 against Tottenham while Chelsea defeated fellow london rivals Arsenal 4-1 to lift the Europa League trophy.
Liverpool and Chelsea have a long rivalry dating back to the Mourinho vs Benitez days. This is the 60th encounter between both sides since 2000, making it the most played match between English clubs in all competitions. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been involved in a lot of classic matches against Liverpool in his playing days but now faces a daunting task as he takes on Jurgen Klopp who’s one of the best managers in the world.
Liverpool are expected to lineup in a 4-3-3 formation with Adrian starting infront of goal. It’ll be interesting to see if Klopp hands another start to Divock Origi after his impressive performance against Norwich City. Meanwhile, Chelsea are expected to lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation. It remains to be seen how Frank Lampard tweaks his backline after getting exposed a number of times against Man United in the weekend. As Liverpool are one of the best counter-attacking clubs in the world, Chelsea could well be parking the bus.
Liverpool and Chelsea have met 182 times in all competitions with Liverpool being the dominant side with 78 wins to their name. Chelsea have been on the winning side 63 times and 41 draws between both sides.
In UEFA competitions, the Blues make the edge with three wins to Liverpool’s two and five draws between them.
Liverpool star Alisson Becker suffered from a calf injury against Norwich City which could likely keep him out for ‘weeks’, in his absence former West Ham no.1 Adrian will start in front of goal.
Naby Keita was seen limping out of training on Tuesday evening on what appears to be a muscle complaint. The 24-year old is unlikely to feature in the Super Cup.
Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term absentee and apart from that the rest of the squad are in contention for the game.
N’golo Kante suffered another knock against Man United in the opening weekend and the Frenchman will be assessed before the match.
Willian (thigh) and Antonio Rüdiger (knee) have recovered from their injuries and travelled with the squad to Istanbul but according to Frank, both are a few weeks away from full fitness and are very unlikely to feature in the game.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have still some recovery to do but Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains the only long-term absentee for the Blues.
Chelsea youngster Billy Gilmour has travelled with the squad which is another positive sign as Lampard’s already involving the youth with the first-team.
One player who’s running high on form is Divock Origi. The 24-year old started against Norwich City in the absence of Sadio Mane and contributed a goal and an assist as the Reds won 4-1. Origi certainly hasn’t let Liverpool fans miss Sadio Mane. Jurgen Klopp, now, has a tough decision to take on who’ll start at left-wing. But on the right-wing it’s definitely Mo Salah, the Egyptian continued from where he left last season, scoring a goal and an assist for the Reds.
For Chelsea, it hasn’t been a great start but the youth shined in their opening game as Mason Mount was impressive in his movement off the ball, winning possession, attacking, defending everything but was unlucky. Talking about unlucky, Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri hit the post in the 1st half which could have gone in any other day.
Liverpool had the best possible start to their season by defeating Norwich City 4-1 in the opening weekend. The Reds were great in the offensive phase but dropped their guard at times which led to the late goal by Norwich City.
Chelsea had quite the opposite start, although they played well in the first half. The Blues missed some sitters and hit the post a couple of times but it was the defense that let them down. The lack of trust and communication of the backline was pretty much visible. It will be interesting to see how the Blues lineup in a similar set-up or will try to park the bus.
Liverpool couldn’t have wished for a better start to the season as they marched past Norwich to gain some much-needed momentum. As for Chelsea, Liverpool was the last team that the Blues wanted to face after the thrashing by Man United on Sunday. Chelsea’s defensive problems were once again exposed as they were caught on the counter frequently. Although Frank Lampard will try to sort out the issues but there isn’t much he can do in just three days. With a team like Liverpool who love to attack on the counter, expect the Reds to win this game.