Jurgen Klopp has named Sadio Mane in his starting lineup for the UEFA Super Cup final against Chelsea tonight in Istanbul, as Roberto Firmino drops out of the XI.
Back in Turkey to take on the
Europa League title-holders, the Reds could secure their first silverware of the season this evening.
Though they sealed a comprehensive 4-1 victory over
Norwich on Friday night, Klopp’s side head into this game under the cloud of Alisson‘s calf injury, which the manager has claimed will keep him out for the “next few weeks” at least.
Regardless of the extent of
Alisson‘s injury, the reality is that makes his first start for Liverpool tonight at Besiktas Park. Adrian
In front of the Spaniard, signed just over a week ago, is a back four comprised of
, Joe Gomez , Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk . Andy Robertson
takes up duties as the No. 6 in midfield, to be joined by Fabinho and James Milner . Jordan Henderson
Mane back fit and coming off the bench last week, the Senegalese starts alongside and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in attack. Mohamed Salah
This is Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first competitive start since damaging his ACL in the 5-2 win over AS Roma at Anfield almost a year-and-a-half ago.
Klopp was permitted to name 12 substitutes for this European ‘final’, and therefore the likes of
Harvey Elliott, Ki-Jana Hoever and Rhian Brewster are all on the bench.
They await in reserve along with more experienced figures including Firmino,
Gini Wijnaldum and Divock Origi.
However, the list is down to 11, as
Naby Keita misses out due to injury.
Liverpool: Adrian; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Henderson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah
Substitutes: Lonergan, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Hoever, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Shaqiri, Elliott, Brewster, Origi, Firmino
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic, Jorginho; Pedro, Pulisic, Giroud Chelsea:
Substitutes: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Tomori, Mount, Kenedy, Gilmour, Barkley, Batshuayi, Abraham, Willian