Liverpool are going to face UEL winner Chelsea for the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul. Before this, they met 182 times, and Chelsea won 63 times, Liverpool won 78 times.
The Champions League winners, Liverpool will aim to move level with Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup roll of honour as they meet Premier League rivals, Chelsea for the 11th time in European competition on Wednesday night.
The Reds will battle last season’s Europa League holders in the annual showpiece, to be played at Besiktas Park in Istanbul.
Winners previously in 1977, 2001 and 2005, a fourth Super Cup triumph for the Reds would see them equal Real and move one behind AC Milan and Barcelona in the tournament’s history.
This is the 44th edition of the European Super Cup but the first to be held in Turkey and the first featuring two English teams.
Liverpool were the last English club to win the Super Cup, in 2005. Premier League teams have lost in the fixture four times since – Manchester United (in 2008 and 2017) and Chelsea (in 2012 and 2013).
The Reds will contest a sixth Super Cup final having won in 1977 and 2005 as European Cup winners, plus in 2001 as UEFA Cup holders. 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.
Liverpool and Chelsea are meeting for the 11th time in European competition. Five of the previous encounters have ended in draws, with the Reds winning two, one fewer than the Londoners.
Both of the Reds’ successes were by a 1-0 scoreline – in the Anfield legs of the Champions League semi-finals in 2005 and 2007.
Joel Matip’s next appearance for Liverpool will be his 100th in all competitions for the club.
This will be Chelsea’s fourth Super Cup final; they won it for the only time in 1998 when a goal from substitute Gus Poyet defeated Real Madrid 1-0.
Last season, Blues striker Olivier Giroud became the first player to score 11 goals for an English club in major European competition since Alan Shearer last did it in 2004-05.
Frank Lampard played 39 times against Liverpool in his career – as did John Terry – the most by any man from Stamford Bridge. He was the last Chelsea player to be sent off in a clash with the Reds, at Anfield in February 2009.