18:40: Chelsea have just tweeted asking how their fans were feeling ahead of tonight’s clash.
The first three comments were: “We’re losing very comfortably”, “Keep the scoreline in single digits please” and “Forfeit the match!”
I suspect this comes off the back on Sunday’s nightmare start for Frank Lampard in his first competitive game in charge.
Losing 4-0 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Old Trafford was nothing short of a disaster – while Liverpool romped to a 4-1 victory against newly promoted Norwich.
18:35: This was the part where I was going to provide you with a history lesson about the Super Cup.
My bosses said nobody would enjoy that – but I intend to subject you to a lecture anyway.
The European Super Cup was created in 1971 by Anton Witkamp, a reporter and later sports editor of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
… I’ve just Googled it and it’s not particularly interesting. I’ll just hit you with some team news. Standby.
18:30: Wait… Liverpool. In Istanbul. In European competition? Now why does that give me Déjà vu?
Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Liverpool vs Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
I’m not obligated to write “UEFA” before “Super Cup” but it feels way more official when I include the governing body.
No idea why I’m rambling.
Anyway, Istanbul will always have a special place in the hearts of Liverpool supporters after the Champions League final in 2005, when Rafael Benitez’s side came from three goals down to secure a 3-3 draw with AC Milan before winning on penalties.
And Chelsea? Well Frank Lampard has a golden opportunity to put things write after Sunday’s disaster and pick up his first piece of silverware as manager.
LIVERPOOL vs CHELSEA | TEAM NEWS
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is a doubt for tonight’s clash having picked up an injury against Manchester United on Sunday.
However, Frank Lampard’s side are boosted by the return of forward Willian and defender Antonio Rudiger from injury.
Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker’s injury will keep him out for “the next few weeks”, Jurgen Klopp confirmed.
The 26-year-old Brazilian damaged a calf during Friday night’s 4-1 Premier League victory over Norwich and while the club has put no timescale on his recovery.
Adrian is expected to start while defender Dejan Lovren had not travelled with the squad.