It’s only a matter of days before the 2019 UEFA Super Cup takes place.
For the eighth time in the competition’s history, the two competing teams are from the same country, and for the first time, two English clubs are involved: Champions League winners Liverpool and Europa League holders Chelsea.
The two teams have had contrasting starts to the Premier League season – Liverpool scored four goals in their opening match against Norwich, while Chelsea conceded the same amount to Manchester United.
Both sides will have players unavailable for the match in Istanbul – Liverpool will be without goalkeeper Alisson and Chelsea have the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi unavailable.
Despite losing badly to United, Frank Lampard’s side cannot be written off and they are expected to give the Reds a tough fight.
This is Liverpool’s sixth appearance in the UEFA Super Cup – here’s how they fared on each occasion.
Liverpool made their first appearance in the European Super Cup in 1977, by virtue of beating Borussia Monchengladbach in their first European Cup final.
Their opponents were Hamburg, who won the UEFA Cup after beating Anderlecht in the final.
Back then, the Super Cup was a two-legged affair, much like the ones we see in European competitions today.
The first leg was played at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg and the hosts opened the scoring thanks to a fine right-footed shot from Ferdinand Keller.
Liverpool found their equaliser thanks to David Fairclough, who managed to see off Manfred Kaltz before shooting past Hamburg goalkeeper Jurgen Stars.
The second leg was at Anfield, and just months after joining for a British record transfer fee of £500,000, Kevin Keegan returned to the stadium.
Phil Thompson put Liverpool ahead after 21 minutes after scoring from Steve Heighway’s corner; Terry McDermott doubled the Reds’ lead after controlling Ray Kennedy’s pass with his chest before firing past Rudi Kargus.
McDermott scored his second through a brilliant long-range shot, before completing his hat-trick just a minute later to put Liverpool 4-0 up.
Two late goals from Fairclough and Sir Kenny Dalglish completed a 6-0 rout and Liverpool won their maiden Super Cup.
The Reds qualified for the Super Cup by defending their European Cup crown – their opponents were Anderlecht, who won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
Anderlecht opened the scoring in the first leg thanks to Franky Vercauteren, who headed in from Rob Rensenbrink’s cross after just 17 minutes.
Liverpool found an equaliser just 10 minutes later thanks to Jimmy Case’s powerful shot from outside the penalty area, but Anderlecht restored their lead after Francois van der Elst found the net.
Both sides had several chances to score but were unable to capitalize.
The Belgian club extended their lead a few minutes from the end after Rensenbrink received a fine pass from Arie Haan and shot into the net after dodging Alan Hansen. Anderlecht won 3-1.
Liverpool had a tough task ahead of themselves in the second leg at Anfield, but they started well with Emlyn Hughes opening the scoring after just 13 minutes. However, Van der Elst netted the equaliser for the visitors in the 71st minute to give the Belgians a 4-2 lead.
A late goal from Fairclough turned out to be a consolation as Anderlecht won 4-3 on aggregate to lift their second European Super Cup.
The Reds reached the Super Cup for the first time in six years after beating Roma to win the 1984 European Cup. Their opponents were Juventus.
That year, only one match would decide the fate of the Super Cup, since both participating teams had fixture congestion.
The Bianconeri took full advantage of playing at home and Zbigniew Boniek opened the scoring for them in the 39th minute.
Liverpool tried hard to find an equaliser but were unable to get it, and in the 79th minute, Boniek headed in from Massimo Briaschi’s cross to double Juventus’ lead.
No more goals were scored and the Bianconeri won their first European Super Cup.
The Reds returned to the Super Cup after 17 years, after winning the UEFA Cup in 2001.
Liverpool’s opponents were European champions Bayern Munich and the venue was the Stade Louis II in Monaco.
It took just 22 minutes for Liverpool to open the scoring after Michael Owen’s pass found John Arne Riise, who found the net for the first time for his new club.
Just before half-time, Willy Sagnol attempted to pass the ball to one of his teammates but the ball found former Bayern man Didi Hamann, who passed to Emile Heskey.
Heskey ran past Thomas Linke and Robert Kovac before beating Oliver Kahn to double Liverpool’s lead.
Just seconds into the second half, a long ball from Jamie Carragher found Owen, who shot past Kahn to score the Reds’ third.
Bayern pulled one back thanks to Bosnian international Hasan Salihamidzic, who headed in from an Owen Hargreaves corner.The Bavarians then got a second goal after Carsten Jancker headed in in the 82nd minute.
Liverpool managed to cling on to their lead, though, winning their second Super Cup and their first in nearly a quarter of a century.
That historic win over AC Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul clinched Liverpool’s berth in the 2005 Super Cup, where they took on CSKA Moscow.
The Reds were without skipper Steven Gerrard, who hadn’t fully recovered from a calf injury.
The Russian club opened the scoring after just 28 minutes thanks to a left-footed striker from Daniel Carvalho.
CSKA held on to their lead for more than 50 minutes, and as the final 10 minutes of the match approached, it seemed they would become the first Russian club to win the Super Cup.
However, substitute Djibril Cisse managed to find himself in front of an empty goal and found the net to draw Liverpool level.
The match went to extra-time, and just minutes before the end of the first half, Cisse scored from a rebound to put Liverpool 2-1 up.
Four minutes into the second half, the Frenchman found Luis Garcia, who headed in to score the Reds’ third goal.
Rafa Benitez’s side managed to hold on to their two-goal lead, winning their third Super Cup.
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