Will Liverpool claim (yet) another European trophy today? The Reds are in Istanbul, Turkey to take on Chelsea for the UEFA Super Cup. Here’s their starting XI and player ratings (which we’ll continue to update as the match goes on).
Liverpool Starting XI
Continuing a disturbing trend, Liverpool’s defense looks like 💩💩💩. Chelsea shredded them early. Christian Pulisic particularly looked good, assisting the opener and having one of his own called back.
Liverpool went to the half clearly the lesser team, trailing 1-0.
Subbing Roberto Firmino in at the half made an instant impact, as Liverpool quickly leveled 1-1.
Mane put one through in extra time to give Liverpool the lead. Then a genuinely awful penalty called on Adrian leveled it 2-2 in extra time.
Another ultimately meaningless Cup, another shootout. This time Liverpool wins it, 5-4 on pks!
Be sure to read our Chelsea UEFA Super Cup player ratings as well.
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (7) – Typing this before he makes half-time adjustments that take us to an eventual 4-1 win…but…if you’re not prioritizing other trophies, then why bother starting any of your key regulars???
The half-time addition of Roberto Firmino makes an instant difference, as Liverpool quickly leveled the game. Kept the squad’s collective head up after the Adrian penalty.
Gets bumped up a point for his joyful celebration.
Caption this ⬇️ https://t.co/zAVLdXodtx— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) August 14, 2019
Adrian (7.5) – It’s baptism by fire for Adrian. Challenged early but stood well. Came off line to stifle an attempt in the 32nd.
Proved capable throughout including extra time. HOWEVER, huge mistake in the 99th that lead to Chelsea tying pk. It was a weak penalty but a needless challenge. Actually, after watching the replays, that was a total dive and bullshit call against Adrian. Beyond lame.
Made a great deflection in the 113th to save a goal. Then saved a Mason Mount shot a few minutes later.
Saved the final pk to give Liverpool the win.
Joe Gomez (7.5) – Gets the nod in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Was like TAA-light, doing well getting forward. Does well on recovery, helping shut down an attempt in the 33rd. Picked up defensive intensity in second half. Also well positioned to block a Pulisic shot in the 65th. Like what I’m seeing from the kid defensively. Active.
Virgil van Dijk (7) – Backline is shaky af early and constantly getting shredded. That’s in part on Big Virg getting them organized. Almost headed up the opener in the 29th with his big noggin.
Steadied in the second half, containing the constant threat of Pedro better.
Missed one off the woodwork in the 75th for a would-be winner. Got in the way of a would-be winner for Chelsea 6 minutes later.
Joel Matip (6.5) – Closed out Pedro to potentially help thwart a goal in the 22nd. Plastic Man-esque in interceptions / shut downs. Still, somewhat uneven. Mistakes followed by great moments, like his 105th minute Barkley stop.
Andy Robertson (6.5) – Would’ve liked Robbo to get some rest, but I’d also like us to win another trophy. Brilliant defending in the 21st to shutdown Pedro in the box. Seemed to run out of gas in the second half. Subbed out for TAA.
Jordan Henderson (5.5) – Set up the Mane bicycle kick in the 5th minute that should’ve been called a hand-ball on Chelsea. Unlucky to have a shot deflected in the second half but fumbled a great opportunity created by Salah.
Rightfully called for a yellow on a needless challenge in the 85th. Clearly fatigued by the end.
Fabinho (6) – Always feel good when he shows up on the starting sheet. Steady as always. A dispossession / tackling machine. However, Chelsea is shredding Liverpool on counters and Fabinho isn’t in his typical “right place right time” positioning.
Wonderful touch and lob pass / hockey assist on the leveling goal. Feeling it, blasted a shot wide a few minutes later off another Bobby pass.
Despite being fatigued at the end of extra time, nailed his pk.
James Milner (5) – Service on corners is spot on. Hurting the squad defensively. Better in second half but subbed off for Gini in the 64th.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (5) – Welcome back to the starting XI, Ox! Looks good early, almost setting up Salah for a goal in the 16th. Otherwise pretty quiet. Subbed off at the half for Bobby.
Sadio Mane (9) – Sweet bicycle attempt in the 5th that should’ve been called a hand-ball on Chelsea. Should’ve headed home a Milner corner in the 30th. Leveled the game with a frantic finish off a brilliant Firmino flick.
Mane put Liverpool ahead with a brace in the 95th minute off another gorgeous set up from Firmino. Subbed out in extra time for DIVOCK ORIGI.
Mohamed Salah (8) – Another one I’d like to see rest, but he also is like the Energizer bunny. He never seems tired. Was active early, a constant threat. A good opportunity just missed in the 16th. Dropped deeper in the first half to help support Liverpool’s struggling midfield and defense.
Beautiful pass to Hendo in the 54th that the captain fumbled. Just missed another key pass to Bobby a minute later. Passing particularly on point in the second half. Constantly found open space to drop dimes. Made his pk.
Roberto Firmino (10) – Came on after the half for Ox. Immediate impact with a beautiful flick to Mane for the leveler. His megger pass to Mane in extra time gave Liverpool the lead. Nailed his pk obv.
Nutmeg ➡️ bar down ♨️ pic.twitter.com/34ssbGf6be— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) August 14, 2019
Georginio Wijnaldum (5) – Came in for Milner to provide some defensive support in the 64th. Mostly silent again save for some scrappy moments. Won a free kick🤷♀️
Trent Alexander-Arnold (5) – On to give Robbo a breather. Bad foul earned him a yellow. Made his pk.
Divock Origi (N/R) – Came on for Mane in extra time. Oddly, didn’t score. So unlike him. Barely made his pk.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Hard not to give it to Mane, but the entire game changed when Firmino came on. He assisted on the two Mane goals. Was brilliant.