Liverpool face Chelsea this evening in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul; here are all the best stats and facts ahead of kick-off as we aim for another trophy.
Super Cup records
Tonight will see the first all-English Super Cup final and it will be the fifth time in the last six seasons, and the eighth overall, to feature teams from the same nation.
This will be Liverpool’s sixth Super Cup final having won in 1977 and 2005 as European Cup winners and 2001 as UEFA Cup holders, while they lost in 1978 and 1984.
Only Barcelona (nine), AC Milan and Real Madrid (seven each) have appeared more times in this showpiece occasion than Liverpool, while only AC Milan, Barcelona (five each) and Real Madrid (four) have lifted it more times than the Reds.
Reds and Blues
Eden Hazard and Daniel Sturridge netted in both games.
That win saw Liverpool’s first clean sheet against Chelsea in 19 encounters.
The teams will meet in the first of this season’s league clashes in London on 22 September.
The Reds’ last hat-trick against this evening’s opponents came from Patrik Berger at Anfield in October 1997, in a 4-2 league win.
Liverpool have failed to score in three of the last 23 league and cup encounters.
Names and faces
Stephanie Frappart will become the first female to take charge of a major European men’s final.
Along with her assistants, French compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill, she took charge of the Women’s World Cup final last month.
This season’s Champions League final will take place across the city at the Ataturk Stadium, the scene of the Reds’ 2005 victory over AC Milan.
Liverpool and Chelsea are meeting for the 11th occasion in European competition. Five have ended in draws with the Reds winning two, one fewer than the Londoners.
Both of the Reds successes have been by a 1-0 scoreline, in the Anfield Champions League semi-finals of 2005 and 2007.
Should Sadio Mane play he will be making his 200th appearance for an English club.
Joel Matip‘s next appearance for Liverpool will be his 100th in all competitions for the Reds.
The Spaniard has lost only one of his last four games against Chelsea.
View from the Bridge
Chelsea lost the Super Cup in successive years in 2012 and 2013 against Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Against the latter, then-captain, now-manager Frank Lampard was successful from the spot. Bayern’s fifth penalty was converted by Xherdan Shaqiri.
Chelsea have now lifted five major European trophies. The only English club to win more are Liverpool with nine.
The last Chelsea player to be red-carded against Liverpool was Frank Lampard at Anfield in February 2009.
Last Sunday, Chelsea suffered their worst-ever opening-day defeat in 104 league seasons when they were beaten 4-0 at United.
Scorers this season
Liverpool: Matip 1, Origi 1, Salah 1, Van Dijk 1, own goals 1