Champions League winners Liverpool are set to go head-to-head with Europa League champions Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday night. It is the first all-English Super Cup and the Reds are tipped to walk away with the spoils.
Liverpool to win @ 10/17
These two clubs enjoyed vastly differing fortunes on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side thrashed Norwich 4-1 at Anfield while Chelsea, who are 9/2 to win, were dismantled 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford and there were worrying signs for new Blues boss Frank Lampard.
There is no doubt that the former England star has a talented squad at his disposal and they played well for sections of that defeat, but the loss of Eden Hazard is going to be felt as he was the heartbeat of their attacking play.
Creating goals may be an issue and, with Liverpool’s rearguard marshalled by the superb Virgil van Dijk, they might struggle to find a way though at Vodafone Park.
It is not known if either manager will field a full-strength side with another Premier League game on the horizon, but it is a chance to add further silverware to the trophy cabinet and there is a great rivalry between the clubs.
That should lead to a competitive match despite the remote location for the fans.
Klopp will be without goalkeeper Alisson due to injury, with the experienced Adrian due to deputise between the posts and veteran Andy Lonergan acting as cover on the bench.
Lampard seems up for the clash, suggesting that it is another box that he wants to tick.
“I’ve never won it; a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything,” he said.
Liverpool’s James Milner echoed those thoughts and feels it is a reward for last year’s labours.
“I think the Super Cup’s a special trophy to win because you’ve got to win a big trophy to get there as well, so I think it’s important,” he said.
It seems as though both clubs want to win this one and, while the game might not have the same atmosphere as last season’s respective European finals, the intensity on the pitch will be clear to see.
It may be tight and under 2.5 goals at 6/5 appeals but expect the Merseysiders to be lifting the trophy on Wednesday night.