UEFA Super Cup preview – Liverpool vrs. Chelsea – Who is the best in Europe?

The 2019 UEFA Super Cup pits UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool against UEFA Europa League champions Chelsea, in an all-English clash set for Wednesday 14 August 2019. DStv subscribers...
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah battle for the ball with Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek (left) and Chelsea's David Luiz during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

The 2019 UEFA Super Cup pits UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool against UEFA Europa League champions Chelsea, in an all-English clash set for Wednesday 14 August 2019.

DStv subscribers can see the match live on SuperSport 3, with kick-off at 21:00 CAT.

Both teams will come into the game off the back of their opening 2019/20 Premier League encounters, with Liverpool at home to Norwich City and Chelsea away to Manchester United on the weekend prior.

This will be Liverpool’s six appearance in the Super Cup and a first since 2005. They are three-time winners of the trophy (1977, 2001, 2005) and looking to join Spanish giants Real Madrid on a tally of four Super Cup titles.

The Reds have remained essentially unchanged from the team which won the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur back in June, with manager Jurgen Klopp insisting that they have the strenght in depth to compete at the top level again – though there will be concern about long-term fatigue for their first-choice front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, all of whom played at international tournaments through the offseason.

Chelsea will be making their fourth appearance in the Super Cup. The London side won the competition on debut in 1998, but lost in back-to-back showings in 2012 and 2013.

The Blues have had an offseason of great upheavel, with manager Maurizio Sarri departing to Juventus and star player Eden Hazard sold to Real Madrid. With a transfer ban in place, new boss and club legend Frank Lampard will be forced to place more faith in the club’s youth system than would usually be the case, but fortunately Chelsea have some of the best up-and-coming talent in England, exemplified by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

In head-to-head terms, Liverpool and Chelsea have met in 172 matches. The Reds have claimed 72 wins compared to 59 for the Blues, while 41 games have been drawn. The teams’ most recent meetings were in the Premier League last season, with Liverpool taking four points off Chelsea thanks to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and 2-0 win at Anfield.

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Match details

2019 UEFA Super Cup

Liverpool v Chelsea

14 August 2019, 7pm GMT

Vodafone Park, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Liverpool v Chelsea – Head-to-head

Matches played 172

Liverpool wins 72

Chelsea wins 59

Draws 41

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