Liverpool and Chelsea meet on Wednesday in Turkey in the UEFA Super Cup just after their first games of the Premier League season. The Reds qualified for this one-off trophy-deciding match thanks to their Champions League title-winning season. They are coming off of a 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday. Chelsea is in the match thanks to its Europa League title-winning campaign. The Blues are fresh off of a brutal 4-0 season-opening loss at Manchester United, which marked Christian Pulisic’s debut in the second half.
UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool vs. Chelsea
The 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea is guaranteed to be an historic occasion before a ball is even kicked.
That’s because it will be the first time a female referee runs the rule over a major UEFA men’s showpiece event.
UEFA confirmed the news at the beginning of August, revealing that Stephanie Frappart would be the chief official for the game between the two Premier League sides.
It is a decision that has been welcomed by both Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard, with the Chelsea boss describing it as “a step in the right direction”.
Ahead of the match, Goal brings you everything you need to know about Frappart as well as her predominantly female team of assistants.
Liverpool: The Reds are the favorite in this one and have two days more rest. Sadio Mane could get the start after not being featured in the XI on Friday. He came on as a second-half substitute. The Reds should be able to create quite enough chances on a Blues’ defense that struggled to keep shape on Sunday.
Chelsea: It’s back to the drawing board for Frank Lampard after a poor showing against United, specifically in the second half. N’Golo Kante is needed in the middle but hasn’t been 100 percent. Don’t be shocked if he prioritizes rest here with upcoming Premier League action next weekend against Leicester City. Though this is a chance at a trophy, Lampard may need to use this match to test out a couple things, especially in attack.