Liverpool have won the Super Cup for the first time since 2005 with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out victory over their Premier League rivals in a city that holds dear memories for the Merseyside club.
It was the first time the Super Cup has been contested between two English sides, breaking a five year Spanish dominance. Despite the Super Cup not being on the same level as the Premier League or Champions league, it represented a chance for Klopp to win a second major European trophy in the space of a few months, while giving Lampard the opportunity to win a piece of silverware in just his second match in charge. The rewards on offer were reflected in both managers’ strong selections.
Let’s get started with how the players fared…
The stand-in keeper making his full debut dove at Kovacic’s feet bravely in the first half and saved well from Mason Mount’s drive during extra time, but came out rashly to give away the equalising penalty despite the minimum contact. Was ultimately the penalty shoot-out hero saving from Abraham’s weak effort.
Made three key clearances on the cover from Chelsea crosses and coped well when moved to left-back but struggled offensively.
Manhandled Pulisic a couple of times and looked assured on the ball whilst making a couple of key interceptions.
Van Dijk 8
Comfortable as ever, raking some great passes out wide to Salah and unlucky not to score following up on the Egyptian’s effort from a corner. Made a key block from a Pedro strike in the second half and made it as hard as possible for Abraham when through on goal.
A quiet night for the Scotsman although he didn’t really put a foot wrong, tracking Pedro well and dispossessing him early on before being substituted for Trent Alexander-Arnold after 90 minutes.
Nearly scored early on in the second half after Firmino’s cut back. Looked good on the ball and disposed the Chelsea attackers on several occasions before picking himself up to take a penalty, despite suffering from cramp late on in extra time.
Didn’t make too much of an impact before going off just after the hour mark for Wijnaldum with what looked like a minor injury.
The Liverpool captain put in a real shift for his side, often popping up on the right-hand side in the first half delivering some dangerous crosses before reverting back to a more typical role as the match wore on, spraying some lovely balls around the pitch.
The Talismanic winger will have far more influential nights. Failed to really establish himself in the game but did have a couple of good efforts saved well by Kepa during normal time.
Hard to be critical of the returning Englishman making his first start in 16 months but failed to make an impact before being replaced by Firmino at half time.
Mane 9 (MOTM)
Two goals that couldn’t have been much more different. One tap in into an empty net and one emphatic finish that crashed in off the underside of the Chelsea goal leaving the keeper with no chance. Showed no signs of fatigue on his first start of the campaign.
All that was lacking from his performance was a goal. Coming on at half time and turning the game on its head, providing an unselfish assist for Mane three minutes after his introduction before getting to the byline and cutting the ball back expertly for the Senegalese to grab his second of the game.
The Dutchman didn’t affect the game too much after replacing Milner but helped Liverpool get a foothold in the middle of the park that Chelsea dominated in the first half.
Wasn’t the attacking threat we have become used to seeing from the young English talent, but did just enough with his penalty to help his boyhood club to victory.
Couldn’t come up with another big European goal but tucked his penalty away nicely.
Couldn’t do anything about the goals and saved well from Salah in the first half before making two world-class saves in the second period to deny a deflected Salah strike and the rebound from Van Dijk.
Solid performance from the Chelsea skipper making some good interceptions.
Made a crucial clearance with a diving header in the first half from a Henderson cross with Mane lurking behind him. Perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty in the first half for a raised arm but would have been harsh.
Partnered his young Danish teammate well but arguably should have scored at the death in 90 minutes from a whipped Mason Mount corner.
Got up and down the left flank well, easily containing the subdued Salah for most of the night, making it hard for Liverpool’s star man when through on Kepa’s goal in the first half.
A very good performance from the Italian, controlling the tempo of the first half and impressing with his range of passing. Dispatched his penalties in extra time and in the shootout with ease via his trademark technique.
The man is a machine! First game back from a lengthy injury lay off and nobody could tell, driving forwards with the ball to start the move for Chelsea’s first goal, and consistently dispossessed the Liverpool midfield whilst keeping his own passing simple, somehow lasting the full 120 minutes.
The Croatian seems to have been allowed to play with more creativity and freedom under Lampard and benefited from it, playing well and showcasing his passing and technical ability. Performance wavered as the game wore on before being replaced in extra time by Ross Barkley.
Arguably Chelsea’s star performer along with Kante. Worked tirelessly for the team and almost scored with a brilliant curling effort after wriggling free of two Liverpool defenders on the edge of the box deep into extra time.
Showed flashes of why Chelsea spent so much money on him, looking bright and direct on the ball creating the opening goal for Giroud and could have had one himself if he had timed his run better. His decision making at times did let him down, however, and he may need to adapt to the physical nature of the Premier League.
Took his goal very well with a calm side-footed finish into the corner of the net and brought others into play well before making way for Tammy Abraham late on in the second half.
Did well to get in front of Adrian to win the penalty but missed a guilt edge chance in extra time from a brilliant Pedro pull back that he should have scored from, while his poor penalty saved by the feet of Adrian that ultimately lost Chelsea the shootout.
Like Pulisic, he showed glimpses of why he is so highly regarded at Chelsea and could have had a goal if he stayed onside. Had a powerful strike saved well by the second choice Liverpool keeper in extra time and dispatched his penalty expertly.
The young England centre half was not really called into action but showed his lightning pace that could be a real asset to Chelsea and England’s future.
Went on a nice run before passing to Pedro who set up Abrahams missed chance but didn’t have chance to affect the tie.
See also – Five of the best UEFA Super Cup games ever