Liverpool vs Chelsea preview: team news, probable XIs, score predictions & more
Here is everything you need to know about the UEFA Super Cup Final against Chelsea!
⚽ Team news
First off, good news, Mane is fit to feature in the starting XI as confirmed both by Klopp and Sadio himself.
Alisson Becker is out with a calf tear for at least 'a couple of weeks'. Adrian will take place in goal while Caoimhin Kelleher ongoing recovery from wrist injury made urgent for Klopp to call upon Andy Lonergan who is to be on the bench.
Another injury concern is Naby Keita who allegedly suffered a muscle problem at the latest training session. The precise nature of the issue is yet to be discovered as he will be assessed for injury shortly.
Lovren is out with 'illness' of unknown nature which basically means he's on the verge of an outgoing transfer.
N'Golo Kante picked up a small injury in Sunday's defeat to United and needs further assessment.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are out with injuries as well.
⚽ 7 stats you need to know (via Tribuna and BT Sport)
- Chelsea have conceded a total of 12 goals in their last 4 matches.
- Liverpool have won only one of last 5 games against Chelsea and lost twice.
- Half of Liverpool - Chelsea standoffs in European competitions (5/10) have ended in draw.
- Reds have prevailed in 3 of 5 previous appearances in UEFA Super Cup finals with the two defeats dating back to 1978 and 1984.
- The 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea will be the first all English meeting in the competition’s history.
- Mohamed Salah has scored five goals in his last eight matches in all competitions against Chelsea, with three of those scored for FC Basel.
- 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-ups (via Tribuna)
Liverpool's predicted starting XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Chelsea's predicted starting XI: Kepa, Azpilicuata, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Pedro, Pulisic, Giroud.
⚽ Score predictions
Alex Young, Evening Standard: Liverpool 3-0 Chelsea
"Liverpool could not have wished for an easier run out to kick off the new Premier League season as Norwich City looked in disarray at Anfield on Friday night in a big 4-1 home win.
"Two days later and 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."
WhoScored's editors: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
"Liverpool started their season with a 4-1 win over Norwich on Friday, though they looked unusually vulnerable at the back. Now they have also lost first-choice goalkeeper Alisson for up to two months through injury.
"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."
⚽ Managers' quotes (via UEFA.com)
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."
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."