The Uefa Super Cup takes centre stage on Wednesday with Champions League winners Liverpool taking on Europa League victors Chelsea at the Besiktas Park in Istanbul.
The first Premier League weekend suggests there will be goals
It was raining goals in the opening round of Premier League games and both Liverpool and Chelsea were involved in high-scoring games.
The Reds kicked off their domestic campaign with a 4-1 thumping of Norwich in the season opener on Friday, while Chelsea lost 4-0 to Manchester United on Sunday.
A leaky defence versus a free-scoring attack suggests at least one goalkeeper could be busy scooping the ball out of the back of his net on Wednesday.
Historically, though, games in Europe between these two sides have been tight affairs.
This will be the 11th time Liverpool and Chelsea have met in a Uefa competition, with five of those matches ending in a draw. Liverpool have two wins to Chelsea’s three, with only one game having been won a by a margin of more than one goal.
First of potentially six for Liverpool this season?
Liverpool had started the season with the chance to win an incredible seven trophies but were denied a first piece of silverware for 2019-20 when they lost to Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Still, six trophies would be unprecedented in England. The best previous haul when there was seven trophies available to win was Manchester United’s four of Premier League, League Cup, Community Shield and Club World Cup in 2008-09.
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Few people are more excited for the Super Cup than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
This is his fourth major European final in three years and it will also be the first time he has managed a team in a Super Cup, having lost finals of both the Champions League and Europa League.
He said: “The Super Cup itself is not a cup that I’ve really loved to watch in the past.
“The Super Cup is the final proof; if you are not in that game, it means you didn’t win the final. That’s completely different this year, so we’re looking forward to it. It’s a big one.”
Lampard could win his first trophy as Chelsea boss
Frank Lampard had a debut in the dugout to forget on Sunday.
The new Chelsea boss watched his young side go down 4-0 to rivals Manchester United, although the scoreline was harsh on the Blues.
They dominated in the first half with 55% possession and hit the woodwork twice but perhaps paid the price for a relatively inexperienced forward line that included Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, who were making their first Premier League starts for Chelsea.
Lampard is keen to put his faith in the club’s young players but forward Willian is set to return from injury and the former England midfielder may opt for more experience on Wednesday to counter the threat of Liverpool’s lethal attack.