Liverpool in the UEFA European Super Cup

Liverpool have now contested the UEFA European Super Cup six times in their history. The Reds have won four of those and are unbeaten since the format changed from two legs to a single game in a neutral venue.
2019 v Chelsea
Penalties were needed to separate Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool from a Chelsea side coached by Blues legend Frank Lampard. The Reds fell behind to the previous season's Europa League top scorer, Olivier Giroud, but a Sadio Mane strike resulted in extra time in Istanbul. Liverpool saw Chelsea stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga make a superb double stop denying Mo Salah and then Virgil van Dijk. Blues duo Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount, meanwhile, both had goals ruled out for offside in normal time.
After Mane struck again in extra time, Jorginho's penalty forced a shootout. Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham's tame effort gave Adrian - making his full Liverpool debut in net - the chance to play the hero, as the Reds edged it 5-4. As Champions League holders, Liverpool are third favourites at 69/10 with No Account Bet to retain the trophy in 2019-20.
2005 v CSKA Moscow

After the miracle of Istanbul and coming from 3-0 down against AC Milan to win the Champions League for a fifth time, Liverpool started the following European season with a Super Cup clash in Monaco with UEFA Cup winners CSKA Moscow.
Daniel Carvalho put the Russian Premier League outfit ahead and Rafa Benitez's Reds responded late on through Djibril Cisse. Kop idol Steven Gerrard was a notable absentee from this game. French forward Cisse struck again in extra time and Luis Garcia sealed a third Super Cup victory for Liverpool. The CSKA side they faced contained stalwarts such as Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich and the Berezutski brothers.
2001 v Bayern Munich

After winning an FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble the previous season, Gerard Houllier's Reds battled Bayern Munich in Monaco for the Super Cup. It was no mean feat defeating the Champions League holders in this as their squad contained the Kovac brothers, the mighty Oliver Kahn in goal and subsequent Premier League strikers Claudio Pizarro and Roque Santa Cruz.
Liverpool held a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from John Arne Riise and Emile Heskey. Ballon d'Or winner Michael Owen then struck immediately after the break with what proved to be the winner. The Reds were left hanging on, however, as Bayern utility man Hasan Salihamidzic pulled one back before Carsten Jancker set up a grandstand finish.
1985 v Juventus
Fixture congestion led Liverpool agreeing to a single Super Cup match in Turin with Cup Winners' Cup holders Juventus. Despite Joe Fagan sending out a side packed full of 1984 European Cup winners like Alan Hansen, Phil Neal and Ian Rush, the Red lost 2-0 in Italy. Juve's attack contained greats such as Paolo Rossi and Michel Platini, but goals in either half from Poland winger Zbigniew Boniek proved their undoing.
1978 v Anderlecht
Liverpool's first loss in the Super Cup came on aggregate against Belgian club Anderlecht. The damage was done in the first leg away from home with Bob Paisley's side having to play catchup from 3-1 down. Although Jimmy Case cancelled out Franky Vercauteren's opener, late goals from Swat van der Elst and Rob Rensenbrink in either half ensured Anderlecht took a healthy lead back to Anfield. The Reds won their home leg 2-1 thanks to Emlyn Hughes and David Fairclough, but winger Van Der Elst got what proved to be the winning goal in the tie.
1977 v Hamburg

The first time Liverpool contested the Super Cup had extra spice to it as earlier that same year Kevin Keegan left Anfield for German opponents Hamburg. King Kev's return to Anfield in the second leg saw the Bundesliga boys hit for six in a ruthless Reds display.
After drawing the first leg 1-1 thanks to Fairclough's leveller, Terry McDermott rocked the Kop with a hat-trick in 16 minutes either side of half-time. Reds stalwart Phil Thompson had opened the scoring with Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish rounding off a comprehensive 7-1 aggregate victory.

Written by Alan Spencer


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