After winning the Champions League for a glorious sixth time in Madrid, the 44th edition of the UEFA Super Cup will see the triumphant Reds pitted against Europa League winners Chelsea.
Of course, the Super Cup is still a trophy, but nowhere near on a par with the majestic bit of silverware Jürgen Klopp and his mighty Reds have just lifted.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to get straight back to winning ways and to get into the habit of lifting trophies.
The setting for this clash of European trophy holders? None other than Istanbul!
On 14th August, the Reds will meet Chelsea at Besiktas’ Vodafone Park with kick off at 22:00 Turkish time.
Just a reminder that the UEFA Super Cup Final will be played at the @VodafonePark stadium 🏆
Liverpool vs Chelsea
We all know LFC fans love Istanbul
Feast your eyes on this beauty 👀 pic.twitter.com/6foZPABT5k
— Turkish Football (@Turkish_Futbol1) June 2, 2019
It’s the first time in UEFA Super Cup history that will be contested by two English teams, after our all-Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur was mirrored by the other final between Chelsea and Arsenal.
As a Premier League team winning it is inevitable, it will be the first time a UEFA Super Cup will be won by an English side since we won it back in 2005, after we claimed No. 5 in Istanbul.
A win against Chelsea would make it four UEFA Super Cups for the Reds and double Klopp’s trophy count at the helm of Anfield in one fell swoop.
Liverpool will be competing for 7 trophies next season. 🏆
UEFA Super Cup
FIFA Club World Cup
— Oliver Bond (@Oliver__Bond) June 3, 2019
The 14th August will be our 11th meeting against the London side in Europe; we’ve been drawn against Chelsea in five successive Champions Leagues between 2004-05 and 2008-09.
It would be easy to make the Istanbul connection having just won the Champions League again, but the link to the Turkish city doesn’t stop there.
Istanbul is also the host city for the 2019-20 Champions League!
Although it doesn’t make much sense to start thinking about next season’s European competition with this win still so fresh, it seems alarmingly mythical that Istanbul – such a moment in Liverpool folklore – will be the site of two continental showdowns for the Champions of Europe.