UEFA Super Cup Preview: Liverpool vs Chelsea
Date & time: Wednesday August 14th, 8pm
Where: Besiktas Park, Istanbul
What channel: BT Sport 2
Referee: Stephanie Frappart
Champions of Europe Liverpool take on the winners of their little sister competition, the Europa League, tonight in the form of English rivals Chelsea.
It marks what may be the start of another era of 'dominance' in Europe by English clubs, with 3 reaching the finals of both Euro competitions last season.
Liverpool will enter the match as big favourites, particularly in light of Chelsea losing Eden Hazard and David Luiz, along with their two window transfer ban.
But Jurgen Klopp and his team will be taking nothing for granted. A lot of how this match goes will depend on how Jurgen Klopp sets up his team. More so, on who he picks.
Injuries & Suspension
Liverpool will - again - be without Nathaniel Clyne but will also miss Alisson Becker, who limped off against Norwich last Friday night.
There will also likely be no Naby Keita, who limped out of training on Tuesday evening, whilst Dejan Lovren hasn't travelled with the squad due to 'illness'.
Liverpool may well mix things up a bit and have the option to bring in the likes of Adam Lallana, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Sadio Mane already likely to start.
Chelsea will be without the quality of Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and William, whilst Lampard has confirmed this morning that N'Golo Kante will miss out.
Previous 5 meetings:
Liverpool vs Chelsea (all comps): D-L-L-D-W
In all honesty here, its a hard one to predict. Jurgen Klopp would rather not have any mid week distractions so early in the season but the UEFA Super Cup is still a major trophy that players and fans alike will want to win.
We can see some minor rotation but nothing too serious, as while we do play on Saturday afternoon, it is then another week before we take on Arsenal at Anfield.
So you can fully expect a couple of changes at least but nothing too serious as the Reds look to pick up a second trophy this year.
Predicted line-up: Adrian, Robertson, Trent, Van Dijk, Matip, Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Mane, Firmino and Salah.