Adrian saved Abraham’s penalty as Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to win UEFA Super Cup.
‘Be Greedy’, that was the message Jurgen Klopp sent to his Liverpool team as the reds were about to take on Chelsea, who stood between them and the super cup, second of six trophies they are chasing this season.
Chelsea won the Europa League in May, by beating Arsenal 4-1 in Baku.The blues were looking for their first ever Super Cup victory after falling short in 2012 and 2013 against Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.
Both teams were coming into this game on the back of very different results.
Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Norwich on the opening day of the premier league set the tone what looks to be another exciting title challenge.
Chelsea, on the other hand, got thrashed 4-0 at Old Trafford by a resurgent Manchester United team.
Missing from the starting line up in that game was Ngolo Kante, who had a swollen ankle.
He was however fit and ready to go in the super cup final and what an impact he made.
In a more attacking role, Kante excelled as he drove the ball from midfield with sheer brilliance and passed with precision.
It was one of those drives that led to the Chelsea opener as he found Pulisic, -another player making the starting 11 this time around- who played a brilliant through ball to Guroud to slot home.
Chelsea had been by far the brilliant side in the first half. The most impressive was the wingers willingly tracking back to support their full backs and then bombing forward at every attack.
In midfield, Chelsea covered the spaces well with Ngolo Kante, showing the stamina and heart of two men.A response was needed and that came in the second half.
Liverpool brought on Firmino for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, who was starting his first game in 16 months.The Brazilian made an immediate impact as he set up Mane for the equaliser.
Liverpool then took the initiative and went in search of the second.Later in the game, Chelsea brought on Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
The two youngsters were dropped to the bench from Sunday and were to see out the last few minutes.Tammy’s first action however was to help in defence as Kepa’s great double save kept Liverpool at Bay.
At 1-1, the game went into extra time. 5 minutes into extra time, Firmino and Mane combined well again to hand Liverpool the lead.
That didn’t last long as Chelsea got the equaliser in controversial fashion.Abraham was brought down in the box by Adrian, who thought the young English youth international made a meal out of a soft touch.Jorginho stepped up and duly converted the kick.
Adrian had his revenge in the shootout as Abraham failed to convert the 10th penalty with all 9 previously scored.
It was a much better performance from Chelsea than what happened at Old Trafford.
The important thing for Lampard and his boys now is to get the ice buckets out and recharge their batteries for their first premier league home game this weekend against Leicester.
Liverpool, with 43 trophies are now the outright most successful club in England. And with their 13th European trophy, the reds go from strength to strength.
As Klopp led the “You’ll never walk alone” chants after the game, the message was still clear to the players; ‘Be greedy’!!!