Chelsea vs Liverpool preview: latest team news, probable line-ups, score predictions & more
UEFA Super Cup is an opportunity both to forget the nightmare at Old Trafford and to win the first trophy under Fank Lampard.
⚽️ Team news
N'Golo Kante picked up a small injury in Sunday's defeat to United and needs further assessment. Antonio Rudiger and Willian have travelled to Istanbul but will not be featuring in the starting XI, as confirmed by Lampard.
The Reds' No.1 Alisson has been ruled for a number of weeks with a calf injury he suffered on Friday in a 4-1 win over Norwich. Naby Keita has allegedly suffered a muscle problem at the latest training session. Sadio Mane, on the other hand, can reportedly make his first starting XI appearance in the new season.
⚽️ Stats to know (via BT Sport)
- The 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea will be the first all English meeting in the competition’s history.
- This will be the first meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea in European competition since April 2009 in the Champions League, when the two sides played out a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in the quarter-final second leg (Chelsea won 7-5 on aggregate).
- Chelsea have scored in 18 of their last 19 games against Liverpool in all competitions (24 goals in total), except a 0-2 defeat at Anfield the last time the two sides met.
- Liverpool will be looking to win back-to-back games against Chelsea for the first time since November 2011.
- Since joining Liverpool in October 2015, Jurgen Klopp has won three of his nine matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D4 L2), including just one of the last six (D3 L2).
- Frank Lampard appeared and started in two of the three UEFA Super Cup finals the Blues have contested, losing 1-4 against Atletico Madrid in 2012 and losing 4-5 on penalties against Bayern Munich in 2013 (2-2 AET), despite converting his own spot-kick.
- Mohamed Salah has scored five goals in his last eight matches in all competitions against Chelsea, with three of those scored for FC Basel.
- Since his arrival in England, Olivier Giroud has scored six goals against Liverpool in all competitions – only against Sunderland (7), Southampton, Newcastle and Aston Villa (8 each) has he scored more.
- Roberto Firmino has faced Chelsea on seven occasions with Liverpool in all competitions without ever finding the back of the net – only against Everton (8) has he made more appearances without scoring.
⚽️ Probable line-up (via Tribuna.com)
⚽️ Score predictions
WhoScored's editors: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
"Frank Lampard started life as Chelsea manager with a 4-0 defeat away to Manchester United and life doesn't get any easier for the 41-year-old in midweek. Chelsea have also had two days fewer recovery for this match.
"Chelsea have only lost one of their last six encounters with Liverpool but it would be a shock if they lifted the European Super Cup on Wednesday night."
Alex Young, Evening Standard: Liverpool 3-0 Chelsea
"Chelsea were on the wrong end of four goals as Manchester United took full advantage of dire defending in 4-0 win at Old Trafford. Frank Lampard has pointed to his team twice hitting the woodwork but those defensive problems will not be solved in three days so we could see another big defeat for the Blues in Istanbul."
Ben Miller, Sports Mole: Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea
"Both managers will regard their forthcoming league matches as comfortably winnable, so an assumption of strong starting lineups here has to go with the form of the opening round of domestic games.
"Liverpool looked sharp in attack in their opener and have the pace to repeat the damage United caused the Blues on the break. Chelsea know they need to be far less wasteful to have serious hope of beating the team they finished 25 points behind last season."
⚽️ Quotes from the managers (via UEFA.com)
Frank Lampard, Chelsea:
"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."
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool:
"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! 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."