Liverpool are the 2019 Super Cup winners
Liverpool FC add up another trophy by beating Chelsea in a thrilling game. The Champions League champions, Liverpool, and the Europa League champions, Chelsea, faced in Turkey for the 2019 UEFA Super Cup title.
The game was intense and players looked very fit early in the season. Chelsea had the lead in the first half thanks to a goal from its Frenchman Giroud. Mané tied it up early in the second half as both teams would end regular time with the tie.
Mané, again, would then give the lead to Liverpool before Chelsea equalizer from a penalty. Tied up at 2-2, both English clubs had to lay the penalty shootouts to determine the winner. Every player scored the first 4 goals for each side, then came Adrian’s moment.
Coach Liverpool Klopp on winning again:
It was a big fight tonight and I didn’t know before the game how good it would be when you win it, but it’s brilliant, it’s really big. The atmosphere in the stadium was outstanding, it showed us again how big this club is: wherever we go, our supporters are already there. I don’t know exactly how many fans were from Istanbul but I can only say ‘thank you’ because it was just a brilliant atmosphere. We would have loved to bring our weather to Turkey for one day at least because it was really intense, but now it’s done, we came through and we won it. The boys feel really good, I feel really good, so everything is OK.
I don’t know where Adrian was two weeks ago when we played Man City! When I spoke to him for the first time, he told me he had a goalie coach and stuff like this. It was clear he would need time to get fit. But we didn’t have that time, so he has to be fit now and he was fit. He played an incredible game, he had sensational saves.
On the meaning of lifting the Super Cup
I asked after the game again Millie and Hendo how do people see it. I’m not long enough in the country and was never in that game before. They said, ‘Oh no, it’s a proper trophy’. It’s on a wall at Melwood, so good. They have to draw it again, to paint the wall at Melwood again, bring another number on the wall ‘2019’ and a picture of whatever. It’s big. How I said, I didn’t know before the game how big it will feel. Now I know it and it’s great. If I would again be in that game – which would be nice because it would mean you have won something before – I would now be more experienced. How I said, it’s nice, really nice. From four opportunities in the last three months, we won two. That’s good, that’s absolutely OK.
For coach Lampard and Liverpool, they played much better than against Manchester United as the Blues adapt to their new coach.
Lampard shared his views:
“I respect Liverpool and they had chances in the game but it was clear to me that we were the stronger team,’ he claimed. ‘We had some bad luck at times and maybe some bad finishing which we need to be more clinical with but my overall feeling from the game is one of pride in the team performance.
I don’t like losing, I’m a terrible loser and we all are at Chelsea. We wanted to win this game but we were unfortunate so I’m happy with the players. If that’s a sign of what we can do this season – and we will get better – then it’s a really good sign.”