Liverpool vs Chelsea: 3 key battles in all-English Super Cup final

Liverpool vs Chelsea: 3 key battles in all-English Super Cup final

Liverpool vs Chelsea will do battle in the 2019 Super Cup finals as both clubs will be looking to win their first trophy of the season.

It will be an all-English affair for the first time in history after both sides emerged winners in the Champions League and Europa League respectively.

The two Premier League sides have met each other 14 times in European competitions with the Reds winning three key battles in their respective contests.

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The three major areas the Super Cup would be won and lost are in the defence, midfield and attack for both sides.

Here are the players that will be involved in the key battles in the all-English final

1. Virgil van Dijk vs Olivier Giroud

The Dutch international has continued from where he stopped last season after recording a commanding performance in the 4-1 win over Norwich City at Anfield.

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He will defending against French striker Giroud in the final-third with both expected to be involved in aerial duels during the crunch fixture.

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2. Jordan Henderson vs Jorginho

The Englishman and the Italian will be looking to stamp their authority in the midfield which could likely determine who dominates the game.

Henderson played in a more advanced role in last weekend's fixture against the Canaries while Jorginho has been given the go-ahead to attack in Frank Lampard's new 4-2-3-1 formation.

3. Sadio Mane vs Ceasar Azpilicueta

The AFCON 2019 silver medalist, Mane only returned to Jurgen Klopp's side a few days before the kick off to the new season and was as well given 15 minutes at Anfield in last weekend's win.

Both Azpilicueta and Mane are expected to be involved in a confrontation on the right flank in the epic encounter at Istanbul.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Liverpool vs Chelsea will for the first time play an all-English in the UEFA Super Cup after both sides won the Europa League and Champions League respectively last season.

The Premier League season kicked off last weekend and it was a contrasting performance between the Reds and the Blues.

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