Super Cup preview: Liverpool v Chelsea

Team news, expert analysis, stats and where to watch – here’s your 2019 UEFA Super Cup one-stop shop.

The trophy on the pitch
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• First all-English Super Cup is taking place in Istanbul
• European champions Liverpool v Europa League winners Chelsea
• Teams have history of European rivalry - watch highlights
All you need to know about the 2019 Super Cup

Possible line-ups

Liverpool: Adrián; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Milner; Mané, Firmino, Salah
Out: Alisson (calf), Clyne (knee), Lovren (illness)
Doubtful: Keïta (unknown)

Liverpool v Chelsea classic moments
Liverpool v Chelsea classic moments

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson Palmieri; Jorginho, Kovačić; Pulišić, Barkley, Pedro; Giroud
Out: Hudson-Odoi (Achilles), Loftus-Cheek (Achilles), James (ankle)
Doubtful: Kanté (knee), Rüdiger (knee)

Where to watch

Fans can find their local broadcast partner(s) here.

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager

“I know how special Istanbul is for Liverpool and every supporter. 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 for 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 are fresh, we want to play and hopefully we can make it a special place for this group too.”

Klopp looks ahead to Chelsea challenge
Klopp looks ahead to Chelsea challenge

Frank Lampard, Chelsea manager

“I'm optimistic because I believe in the players and the fact that we are here in the final because we deserve to be. I'm very understanding of the quality of the opposition in Liverpool, the team that deservedly won the Champions League and who have a fantastic manager and group of players. If we play to our maximum we can win the match. It's important as a club like Chelsea that we give everything as a club to try and win it. We certainly understand the importance of it.”

Reporters’ views

Joseph Walker, Liverpool reporter: Klopp's European champions got their Premier League campaign off to an impressive start on Friday, racing into a 4-0 lead against Norwich before half-time.

The German has a couple of selection dilemmas ahead of the all-English clash: who partners Virgil van Dijk at the back out of Joe Gomez, who has started the last two, or Joël Matip, who was instrumental last season; and will he give into the temptation to throw Sadio Mané back in from the start after a long summer with his national side? Decisions, decisions ...

Lampard reflects on Chelsea highlights
Lampard reflects on Chelsea highlights

Daniel Thacker, Chelsea reporter: Lampard may have been pivotal as a player in Chelsea's most successful period in living memory, yet the UEFA Super Cup eluded him twice – in 2012 and 2013.

If adding that trophy to his and his club's honours board was not motivation enough, then the opposition should provide further impetus: there is no love lost between Chelsea and Liverpool in Europe, a legacy of the meetings in which Lampard figured prominently between 2005 and 2009. Emphatically beaten at Manchester United on Sunday, Chelsea will hope to take this rare second chance to get the Lampard era off to a winning start.

Pedro talks to the media ahead of the UEFA Super Cup
Pedro talks to the media ahead of the UEFA Super Cup

Pre/early-season results

Liverpool
11/07: W 6-0 v Tranmere Rovers (a)
14/07: W 3-1 v Bradford City (n)
20/07: L 2-3 v Borussia Dortmund (n)
21/07: L 1-2 v Sevilla (n)
25/07: D 2-2 v Sporting CP (n)
28/07: L 0-3 v Napoli (n)
31/07: W 3-1 v Lyon (n)

04/08: D 1-1 (lost 4-5 on pens) v Manchester City (n), FA Community Shield
09/08: W 4-1 v Norwich City (h), Premier League

Six great Super Cup goals
Six great Super Cup goals

Chelsea
10/07: D 1-1 v Bohemians (a)
13/07: W 4-0 v St Patrick's Athletic (a)
19/07: L 0-1 v Kawasaki Frontale (n)
23/07: W 2-1 v Barcelona (n)
28/07: W 4-3 v Reading (a)
31/07: W 5-3 v Salzburg (a)
03/08: D 2-2 v Borussia Mönchengladbach (a)

11/08: L 0-4 v Manchester United (a), Premier League

Did you know?

Seven finals have previous been contested by domestic rivals: two all-Italian ones, and five involving Spanish teams including four since 2014, most recently Atlético Madrid beating Real Madrid last year. Check out more facts and stats in our extensive match background.

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