A ball is but to be kicked in anger however the 2019 version of the European Super Cup has already made historical past. For the primary time the sport shall be staged in Turkey, and likewise for the primary time it is going to be an all-English affair, pitting final season’s Champions League and Europa League winners towards one another.
It might hardly be in any other case, given Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 within the Champions League ultimate final season, whereas Chelsea dispatched Arsenal 4-1 within the Europa League ultimate.
The two Premier League rivals have beforehand featured a mixed eight occasions within the European Super Cup, with Liverpool successful in three of its 5 appearances and Chelsea successful on its first look in 1998 and shedding in 2012 and 2013.
Liverpool’s most up-to-date success within the competitors got here in 2005, only a few months after the Reds accomplished one of the crucial memorable comebacks in Champions League historical past. Trailing by 3-0 at halftime towards A.C. Milan, Liverpool erased the deficit earlier than successful on penalties to clinch a fifth European Cup.
Incidentally, that recreation was additionally performed in Istanbul. However, if the primary weekend of the Premier League season is something to go by, Liverpool is unlikely to search out itself trailing by three objectives at any stage of the sport, not to mention at halftime.
The defending European champions comfortably swatted Norwich City apart 4-1 on Friday, whereas Frank Lampard’s debut as Chelsea supervisor ended with a 4-0 thrashing by the hands of Manchester United.
While Liverpool didn’t add any main signings in the summertime via selection, Chelsea was compelled to cope with a switch embargo which kicked in after the arrivals of Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic.
With Eden Hazard leaving for Real Madrid, Lampard has an enormous rebuilding job on his fingers and whereas the European Super Cup would symbolize a pleasant feather in his cap, it’s not a long-term precedence for him and the membership.
Conversely, Jurgen Klopp would like to elevate a second trophy in three months. The Reds’ first hope of silverware vanished earlier this month as they misplaced to Manchester City within the Community Shield, however they continue to be in rivalry for an additional six trophies this season.
Here’s the whole lot that you must know forward of Wednesday.
As is custom, the European Super Cup is held in impartial territory. This 12 months the sport shall be performed at Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey, marking the primary time the Super Cup is performed within the nation.
Kick-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. native time (3 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, August 14.
Istanbul holds fond reminiscences for Liverpool, who famously received the Champions League there in 2005 when it beat A.C. Milan on penalties after trailing 3-0 at halftime.
The recreation shall be broadcast reside on TNT.
A reside stream shall be out there by way of TNT web site in addition to by way of fuboTV.
The season could not have begun extra in another way for the 2 sides. Liverpool misplaced the Community Shield on penalties to Manchester City, earlier than thumping Norwich City 4-1 within the Premier League opener on Friday night time.
Mohamed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Divock Origi had been all on the right track because the reigning European champions took a 4-0 lead inside 42 minutes.
Chelsea, alternatively, was on the receiving finish of a 4-0 shellacking by the hands of Manchester United on Sunday. The Blues had been the higher aspect within the first half, however fell behind earlier than halftime to Marcus Rashford’s penalty after which disintegrated defensively within the second half, conceding thrice.
Liverpool shall be with out first-choice goalkeeper Alisson for a minimum of a few weeks after the Brazilian suffered a calf harm towards Norwich City on Friday.
“I don’t want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be Wednesday for sure, so now then we have to see,” Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp informed the membership’s web site. “It takes a while, it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see.”
Chelsea, in the meantime, might have N’Golo Kante out there from the beginning after the Frenchman was a second-half substitute towards Manchester United. Long-term absentees Antonio Rudiger, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all unavailable.
According to William Hill, Liverpool is a 77/100 favourite (-130 in moneyline phrases), whereas the draw is at 31/10 and Chelsea is 23/5 outsider.