Liverpool are one UEFA Super Cup trophy away from equalling the hauls of Barcelona and AC Milan after overcoming Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out.

Champions League holders Liverpool claimed their fourth Super Cup thanks to Wednesday's 5-4 triumph on penalties in Istanbul.

Goalkeeper Adrian proved the hero for Liverpool, denying Chelsea's Tammy Abraham from the spot after the showdown ended 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Liverpool celebrated as they joined Real Madrid on four Super Cups, within touching distance of five-time winners Barca and Milan.

Adrian was thrilled to help Liverpool win the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on his first start for the club.

Deputising for the injured Alisson, Adrian denied Tammy Abraham to seal a 5-4 penalty shoot-out success for the European champions over Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.

With Alisson expected to miss several weeks due to a calf injury sustained against Norwich City in last week's Premier League opener, Adrian will have more chances to impress.

And the former West Ham goalkeeper was delighted to have made an impact on his full Reds debut as Jurgen Klopp's side made up for losing the Community Shield to Manchester City on penalties.

"Welcome to Liverpool! It has been a crazy week," Adrian said to BT Sport. "I am happy for the team, with them it is easy.

"I am happy to win the trophy. I am really happy for the fans. It was a long game but in the end it was a great finish."

Adrian was able to make amends for conceding a penalty in extra time, Jorginho converting to make it 2-2 after the goalkeeper felled Abraham.

Replays appeared to indicate contact with the striker was minimal and Adrian disagreed with the decision made by Stephanie Frappart, who became the first female official to take charge of a major men's final.

"I tried to stop when I saw him. The striker is intelligent," Adrian added. 

"I touched him but he was looking for it. I told the referee I tried to stop but it doesn't matter.

"We got the title and have to enjoy tonight."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson accepted the Reds were not at their best against the Europa League winners but cited difficult conditions for their unimposing performance.

"It was tough. It is humid here - you can't tell on the TV," Henderson told BT Sport. "It was tough with extra time - a lot of the lads were struggling. We were trying to keep the ball and get a breather but it was a bit sloppy.

"Chelsea are a good side and this is not a great way for them to lose, like we did in the Community Shield. I'm delighted for Adrian, who is the hero tonight.

"We've got a big game on Saturday [against Southampton] so I'm delighted. We want to win as many trophies as possible. We'll take the trophy back and enjoy it, but we've got to focus on recovery for a big game on Saturday.

"We didn't play particularly well but we kept grinding in tough conditions, kept going. It's another trophy for us and it's important to keep winning. Hopefully we can continue this run of form now."

Adrian saved from Tammy Abraham as Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to win the first all-English UEFA Super Cup following a 2-2 draw in Istanbul.

Olivier Giroud gave Frank Lampard's side a deserved first-half lead on Wednesday, but the introduction of Roberto Firmino as a half-time substitute changed the game for the Reds.

Firmino quickly set up Mane for the equaliser and, in the first period of extra time, the Senegal star smashed home from his team-mate's pass again before Jorginho equalised from the penalty spot.

But it was the European champions who triumphed in the shoot-out, Alisson's deputy Adrian denying Abraham with his right leg to secure victory for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Sadio Mane and N'Golo Kante both start in the UEFA Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea in Istanbul.

Mane came off the bench as Liverpool opened their Premier League season by beating promoted Norwich City at Anfield but starts on Wednesday for Jurgen Klopp's side.

Kante, meanwhile, was a second-half substitute as Chelsea were thumped at Manchester United. He comes into midfield as Frank Lampard leaves out Ross Barkley and Mason Mount.

Christian Pulisic makes his full debut for Chelsea after coming off the bench at Old Trafford while Olivier Giroud replaces Tammy Abraham in attack.

Antonio Rudiger, who missed the end of last season with a serious knee injury, makes his return to the Chelsea squad but the centre-back is only on the bench. Billy Gilmour, an 18-year-old midfielder, is also among the substitutes.

Mane comes into the Liverpool team along with James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum drop out.

Matip, making his 100th appearance for the Reds, is included in defence with Gomez shifting across to right-back, while former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian starts for the first time with Alisson ruled out by a calf injury sustained against Norwich.

Before announcing their team, Liverpool confirmed Naby Keita was not available due to an injury suffered in training on Tuesday.

"The muscle strain occurred around the hip area and Keita will be assessed further by the Reds' medical team in the coming days," said a statement from the club.

The game, the first Super Cup to be contested by two English clubs, will see French official Stephanie Frappart take charge.

She will become the first female to take charge of a major UEFA men's competition event, Frappart having also been the referee for the Women's World Cup final last month.

Georginio Wijnaldum has given a unique insight into "special" Jurgen Klopp's man-management methods after revealing the Liverpool boss addressed his team ahead of the 2018 Champions League final wearing Cristiano Ronaldo-branded underwear.

The Reds boss has carved a reputation for his jovial antics and, according to midfielder Wijnaldum, the German's pre-match team-talk for the showdown against Real Madrid - for whom then-star player Ronaldo was the chief threat - was no exception after he lightened the mood in his own inimitable style.

"We saw he was wearing the boxer shorts of Cristiano Ronaldo," the Netherlands midfielder told The Athletic. 

"He did the meeting with his shirt stuffed inside his 'CR7' boxers. The whole changing room was on the floor laughing their heads off. That really broke the ice. Usually in those situations, everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke.

"He's done hundreds of jokes likes that. If you see that your manager is really confident and relaxed, it will have an effect on players. He is a father figure in those things for the players. With his jokes and his body language, he takes the pressure off players."

Liverpool ultimately lost the game 3-1 but went one better the following season, defeating Tottenham 2-0 to claim a sixth triumph in Europe's premier competition.

It has cemented Klopp's status as one of the world's leading coaches and Wijnaldum has paid tribute to the German's man-management style.

Wijnaldum said: "He always tries to empathise with the other person, to feel what they're going through. He is a really special man for me. I see him as more than a manager - a really good friend."

He continued: "He is the kind of manager that will be angry about things in the game, or will show emotion during a game, but when it comes to half-time, he speaks with you and gives you confidence. 'You can do it better. You have to do this, have to do that…'

"He is one of the first managers I've had who doesn't get angry when you try to do the things that you are good at. He will never be angry when you try to use your talent or quality. Even if it goes wrong.

"Since I am at Liverpool, he has helped me a lot. Not only with football, but also as a person, the way you think about things. That is why I enjoy every day of working with him. I can be really mad at him one day. But the next day the anger is gone and we will love each other again."

Virgil van Dijk expects to confront a different Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup to the Eden Hazard-inspired side that troubled Liverpool last season.

Hazard scored a thrilling winner when the Blues prevailed 2-1 in an EFL Cup tie at Anfield in September and opened the scoring in a 1-1 Premier League draw three days later.

The star winger has since left for Real Madrid and his former club slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United in Frank Lampard's first competitive match in charge.

Netherlands defender Van Dijk denied Hazard's exit would mean Liverpool are set for an easier route to victory on Wednesday.

"[Hazard] is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they have plenty of quality players," Van Dijk told reporters.

"I think they play a little bit different than they did last year.

"We will analyse them and then we will be prepared.

"Nothing that happened last season will have any impact on what is going to happen. It is the next game. It is going to be a new game.

"They have a new situation at the club there but we want to do better than we did last year and we will see."

Liverpool head into the match without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson, who injured his calf against Norwich.

New signing Adrian will step into the starting XI and Van Dijk believes the former West Ham gloveman is ready for the occasion.

"I think he played many big games in his career so I don't think he is going to be nervous or anything," the centre-back said.

"It is just that he has to do his job with us and hopefully we can win the trophy in the end."

Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

Where will Inter outcast Mauro Icardi end up before the transfer window shuts on September 2?

The Ligue 1 champions are reportedly interested in the former Inter captain.

 

TOP STORY – PSG WANT ICARDI IF NEYMAR LEAVES

According to journalist Tancredi Palmeri, Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Inter forward Icardi.

Icardi is not wanted at Inter, where he has been deemed surplus to requirements by head coach Antonio Conte.

And Icardi has reportedly been offered to PSG by Inter, who apparently want to block Paulo Dybala moving to Paris from Juventus.

Palmeri's column for Tuttomercatoweb insists Icardi's transfer to PSG depends on Neymar's departure, with Barcelona and Real Madrid eyeing the Brazilian.

 

ROUND-UP 

- The Neymar saga is ongoing as Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona try to strike a deal. Barca reportedly offered €80million plus Philippe Coutinho to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou, two years after his €222m departure. According to ESPN FC, Barca are willing to part with Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic as well as a fee.

Alexis Sanchez could be sent to Manchester United's reserves if he is not sold before the European window's closure, claims The Sun. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly desperate to move on Sanchez, who has been linked to Roma.

- Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter and Juventus will go head-to-head to sign Fiorentina and Italy star Federico Chiesa at the end of 2019-20. Chiesa is a wanted man but new Viola owner Rocco Commisso is unwilling to sell his prized €70m asset.

Roma are preparing a bid to bring in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi. That is according to Sky Sport Italia, regardless of whether Edin Dzeko is sold to Inter. Batshuayi spent time on loan with Valencia and Crystal Palace last season.

Monaco have approached Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, claims Goal. Roma have also been linked to Rugani, however, reports in England say Liverpool's Dejan Lovren is the Giallorossi's first choice.

- According to Marca, Valencia want AC Milan striker Andre Silva to replace outgoing forward Rodrigo Moreno. Rodrigo is poised to join LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid and Silva is behind Krzysztof Piatek and Rafael Leao in Milan's pecking order. It comes as Milan try to wrap up a deal for Atletico forward Angel Correa.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard believes it is "pretty much impossible" to replace Eden Hazard with another individual.

Hazard starred during seven campaigns at Stamford Bridge, but made a close-season move to Real Madrid for a reported €100million (£92.7m).

The Belgium international was directly involved in 31 Premier League goals (16 goals and 15 assists) during the 2018-19 season and his departure leaves a huge hole for Chelsea to fill.

Lampard said Hazard – who won two Premier League titles and two Europa League crowns with Chelsea – could not be replaced by just one player.

"I was a huge fan of Eden Hazard as a Chelsea fan, I played with him," he told a news conference ahead of his side's UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool on Wednesday.

"For me, clearly one of the best players in world football and last season, but not just last season, over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally, in terms of assists and goals and a leader.

"You cannot replace him individually, I think it's pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career.

"But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that's clear.

"The answer is as a team, we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, players improve on and it's down to the next players, the next manager. That's our big challenge now, to say good luck to Eden Hazard and to carry on as Chelsea."

Lampard's first competitive game in charge was a miserable one, with Chelsea humbled 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Still, the former Derby County boss believes in his team ahead of their meeting with the European champions in Istanbul.

"I am optimistic because I believe in the players and I believe in the fact we are here in the final because we deserve to be," Lampard said.

"That is the achievement of the players and the club last season, not myself, but I am proud to be here managing the team.

"I understand the quality of Liverpool, the team that deservedly won the Champions League. They have an outstanding manager [Jurgen Klopp] and group of players and we know it is going to be a big test, but I believe in my players and if we play to our maximum we can win the match."

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk insisted his £75million price tag was never an issue after the world-record fee for a defender was broken earlier this month.

Van Dijk made the move from Southampton to Liverpool in January 2018, the huge transfer fee initially raising eyebrows.

But the Netherlands international helped the Premier League giants win the Champions League last season and has emerged as a Ballon d'Or contender.

However, the world-record fee was broken after Manchester United paid Leicester City £80m for England centre-back Harry Maguire earlier this month.

Van Dijk, whose side face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, played down the significance of the fees.

"It wasn't a big issue for me. It's something you don't have an influence on," he told a news conference.

"It happens, it's the market and the only thing you can do is put your head down and start playing, give everything for the team.

"That's what I did and it worked so far, I'll just try to keep doing that, keep progressing and be a better player."

European champions Liverpool will go into their clash against Chelsea as favourites, having opened their Premier League season with a 4-1 win over Norwich City as Frank Lampard's men were humbled 4-0 by United.

Van Dijk is eager for Jurgen Klopp's side to win the trophy for Liverpool for the first time since 2005.

"I think it could work in both favours, they know us, we know them, but the most important thing is it's one game, one final, anything could happen," he said.

"We know at the start of the season everyone's coming back from having a break. We are ready, we want to win that trophy and we're going to do everything that's possible to hold the trophy."

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane insists he will be ready to start Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea.

Mane returned to training last Monday after being given a 16-day break following Senegal's run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Algeria.

The 27-year-old missed the whole of Liverpool's pre-season campaign, including the penalty shoot-out defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield, but he was back as a second-half substitute against Norwich City.

After getting 16 minutes under his belt in the 4-1 win at Anfield, Mane vowed he is raring to go against Chelsea in Istanbul.

"I think I am ready. Tiredness I think is here [pointing to his head]," he said at a news conference on the eve of Wednesday's match.

"For sure I have been playing for a long time. I don't think I've had a holiday of more than 20 days in seven years.

"I'm used to it. For sure, I'm ready. I'm here. Let's do it!"

Liverpool's victory against Norwich came at a cost as Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who also missed a large part of pre-season because of international commitments, pulled up with a calf injury that will see him miss the rest of the month.

Recently-signed Adrian will step in for Alisson at the Vodafone Arena and he was backed to impress on his first start for the Reds by new team-mate Virgil van Dijk.

"Adrian has been in now for his second week. We have been working day in, day out," Van Dijk told reporters.

"For him it’s obviously very good that he starts playing straight away. It’s not the situation you hope to be in, that Alisson is injured and you have to come in.

"But he’s experienced enough to go out there and show his qualities because he has plenty of quality. He played for so many years in the Premier League and we could already see in training how good he can be.

"He needs our support - we all do it together, we defend together. We need him there, he needs us as well. He will definitely do the job."

Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard have welcomed the decision to appoint a female referee for Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Stephanie Frappart will become the first female to officiate a major UEFA men's match when Lampard's Chelsea face the European champions in Istanbul.

Liverpool manager Klopp says he must be careful to control his emotions in front of the Frenchwoman, "otherwise my mum would be angry".

He also believes it is high time a woman refereed such a high-profile fixture given female officials have already made positive strides in German men's football.

"My answer would be finally, I think it is time," he said when asked about Frappart's appointment.

"I have a lot of experience with female referees in Germany. It took a while before she was considered – not by the professionals, more by the referees – to be ready. Meanwhile, she has settled and I am really happy we can be part of this historic moment.

"It is a very smart decision to have a woman to be the referee in a very important game before millions of people.

"I am pretty sure, with all the emotions involved, we will all try not to make it more difficult than the game is. I will be showing my best face, otherwise my mum would be angry.

"It is the first one, so maybe that makes it more special, but I hope it is not the last."

Lampard thinks the huge attention garnered by the Women's World Cup in France this year – where Frappart refereed the final – proves more women should be involved in the sport's biggest matches.

"I am very pleased to be a part of this moment in history, it is very much due," he said.

"The game has come a long way, in many ways: in terms of the Women's World Cup, which we all watched; in terms of how much respect the game is getting; how many people are watching it. 

"We were very slow on this in many ways and they are now getting the interest. We are very pleased to be part of it and that we are making big strides in the development. It is a historic moment and another step in the right direction, I would say."

Jurgen Klopp questioned Liverpool's favourites tag and warned that his side will have to be at their very best to overcome Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.

Last season's Champions League winners take on domestic rivals Chelsea, holders of the Europa League, in Istanbul on Wednesday with silverware on the line.

Liverpool kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich City at Anfield, while Chelsea suffered a 4-0 loss to Manchester United in Frank Lampard's first game in charge.

Despite the contrasting opening weekend results, Klopp is expecting a tough test against Lampard's men.

"They have a clear way of playing," he told Liverpool's official website. "It's a football-playing side, it’s flexible, they have different formations and stuff like this and I like what I saw to be honest, but yes, they lost 4-0 – that's then a really hard lesson. 

"United was pretty clinical and that's how football can be, but of course we don't have lesser respect because they lost 4-0 against Man United. No, it's the other way around – especially in the first 60 minutes they were just really good. 

"They are a good football team and we use three games and try to make the right conclusion of that and do the right things in the game.

"Everybody will be ready for their first title. They will be 100 per cent ready and we have to be, too. But we have to ignore what everybody says about us before the game."

Liverpool had a disrupted pre-season due to a number of key players being granted extra leave for international commitments, with Senegal forward Sadio Mane only linking up with the squad last week.

But Klopp is happy with his side's fitness levels after brushing aside Norwich last Friday, five days on from losing on penalties to Manchester City in the Community Shield following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Speaking at Tuesday's pre-match media conference, the German coach said: "It was a difficult pre-season, so you never know how we will play in the first game. But I was really happy with the performance against City. 

"The important thing was the second half – it was a sign that we are nearly ready. Physically we are there now, we are where we want to be. We're not 100 per cent but all the clubs are the same. 

"Tomorrow night, everything is different. We have to prepare for a final, make a few decisions about the line-ups. It can be unpredictable for the opponent because we don't know how they play."

Victory for Liverpool over Tottenham in June's Champions League final softened the blow of missing out on a first Premier League title.

The Reds finished one point below Manchester City and have been tipped to challenge at the top again this time around, but Klopp was unwilling to prioritise one competition over the other.

"Unfortunately, I'm not good enough to decide that," he said. "I have to take what I can get. 

"Last year we won the Champions League and didn't win the Premier League. We only try to win the next football game, and that's tomorrow night.

"I'm not a genius, so I take what I can get, but I cannot decide."

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante is a doubt for the UEFA Super Cup showdown with Liverpool, head coach Frank Lampard has confirmed.

The France international played only 17 minutes of the Blues' 4-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday as he was short on fitness.

Lampard says the 28-year-old sustained another minor problem in that match and is therefore facing a race to be ready for the meeting with Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday.

"Kante was purely because he had an injury. I am very aware of how important he is," Lampard told a news conference, speaking about the former Leicester City star's omission from his last starting line-up.

"He picked up another small injury in the game, so we are assessing that."

Lampard insists there will not be any wholesale changes to his team for the showdown with the European champions despite the disappointment of the United result.

"I pick the best team to win the game, regardless of age," Lampard said. [Mason] Mount deserves his chance on merit; I won't fear to play young players.

"In terms of how we set up, I really liked some of our aggressive off-the-ball work. We have to be adaptable and respect the strengths of our opponents. There may be subtle changes of our approach."

Wednesday represents a chance for Lampard to win his first piece of silverware as Chelsea boss in the form of a trophy he did not manage to lift in his playing career, having been beaten 4-1 by Atletico Madrid in the 2012 match and by Bayern Munich on penalties a year later.

"It means a lot to the club," he said. "I lost two, one in poor circumstances, having won the Champions League and we were far off that game.

"It is important to give everything to win it. It is another trophy for the club."

Frank Lampard says Chelsea are desperate to win the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool on Wednesday and will accept "no excuses" if they fail to get their hands on the trophy.

Lampard's reign as Chelsea boss got off to a disappointing start on Sunday, with the Blues slipping to a heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in their Premier League opener.

They have an immediate chance to bounce back, however, when they take on Jurgen Klopp's Champions League winners in Istanbul.

Lampard has been on the losing side twice as a Chelsea player in Super Cup finals [against Atletico Madrid in 2012 and Bayern Munich in 2013] and says his side will be "giving everything" to defeat their domestic rivals.

"I've had two great examples of a really important game that you don't win in two different ways and it makes you more determined to win it," he told UEFA.com.

"We need to be absolutely ready. It's a cup that the club desperately wants to win. I've never won it, a lot of players in there have never won it, so we have to give it everything.

"Going up against the team with the quality of Liverpool in a final is as tense as finals can be.

"You can lose finals, they're very tough. But what you cannot do is lose it on the premise that we weren’t prepared, or we didn't have that hunger or desire or everything you need to try and win a game of this magnitude.

"It's going to be one of my first competitive games as manager of this club. Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it's going to be tough.

"It's going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think 'oh, we could've done that' or 'we missed that opportunity' or 'we weren't quite ready' or make any excuses for ourselves."

Liverpool fans desperate for good news on goalkeeper Alisson's injury had their wish granted on Twitter - or so they might have thought.

American actress and writer Alison Becker sent social media into a spin when, amid a torrent of questions about the injury her near namesake suffered on Friday, she tweeted: "MY CALVES ARE FINE YOU GUYS. #ynwa"

The post attracted close to 10,000 likes in a matter of hours.

It is not the first time the former Parks and Recreation star has been mistaken for the Brazil international.

In 2018, before the former Roma gloveman's move to Anfield, she used social media to declare: "Excited to announce that I will be joining Liverpool as a goalkeeper!"

The real Reds shot-stopper hobbled off during Friday's season-opening win over Norwich City and will be sidelined "for the next weeks," according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 26-year-old will miss the UEFA Super Cup meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday.

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