Liverpool vs Chelsea for the UEFA Super Cup final match on Wednesday at Vodafone Arena Stadium.
Liverpool comes from a game in which they beat Norwich at Anfield on Friday night 4-1 in the Premier League opening game. Mohamed Salah, whose preparation was called into question, was one of the highlights of the team as he scored the second goal and made terrifying moves.
The city of Istanbul brings special memories to Liverpool, Ataturk Olympic Stadium was the scene of Liverpool’s impressive victory in the 2005 Champions League final over Milan. With a capacity of around 41,000 spectators, indeed many fans will be present, Klopp and his team foresee strong support as they did when they beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in May.
Klopp was probably not very pleased with Alisson’s injury, forced out during the first half of the game. Apart from a lack of goal options, Liverpool’s only remaining concern is Nathaniel Clyne, who has a prolonged injury.
Chelsea had a disastrous Premier League start when they were beaten in the second half at Old Trafford, with a poor showing in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United. Chelsea had a reasonable preseason, which certainly gave their new coach Frank Lampard some comfort, but the result of this game is not satisfactory.
Chelsea’s defeat at the opening of the Premier League was the second-biggest loss since Danny Blanchflower lost 7-2 to Middlesbrough in 1978. The result will have hurt the Blues players, who are the Europa League winners, and in this case, we can think and suggest that they can make things hard to Liverpool.
Chelsea appears to have some players who are not yet in acceptable physical condition to go to the game. N’Golo Kante comes from a long stop, Willian has just started training, and Antonio Rudiger also seems to be early to start playing, while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remain absent with prolonged injuries.
It is well known that the finals between English clubs indicate a lot of intensity, and usually games with unpredictable results. Both coaches think they can win this game. Liverpool is considered a favourite, but we can’t overlook the Blues.