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UEFA Super Cup 2019, Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea: 3 reasons why the Reds pipped Chelsea 5-4 on penalties

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15 Aug 2019, 09:30 IST

Liverpool v Chelsea: UEFA Super Cup
Liverpool v Chelsea: UEFA Super Cup

As Besiktas Park played host to the UEFA Super Cup encounter between Liverpool and Chelsea, the reigning European Champions prevailed on penalties after a tightly contested game.

The two sides entered the competition by virtue of their continental success in the 2018/19 season and the all English affair was a close encounter filled with a fair share of drama.

Frank Lampard's Chelsea side looked to set things right after a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester United in the weekend and Liverpool, fresh from a convincing 4-1 victory against Norwich, aimed to pile misery on their opponents.

Chelsea took a deserved lead after Christian Pulisic's perfectly weighted pass was brilliantly finished off by Olivier Giroud but the Reds responded in the opening exchanges of the second half, through Sadio Mane.

With the scores tied 1-1 in normal time, not even extra time could decide the one-off encounter as the two shared the spoils once again with one goal apiece.

Sadio Mane was at it once again as he the put the finishing touches on a Roberto Firmino pass in emphatic style.

As Liverpool looked to be heading towards another famous victory in Istanbul, Adrian was alleged to have brought down Tammy Abraham in the area and Jorginho converted the resulting spot-kick.

In a tense game that went down to the wire, the Reds got the better of their opponents on penalties after Tammy Abraham's penalty was saved by Adrian, who went down as the hero on his Liverpool debut.

The Spaniard was in the thick of the action and came big for his new side in the penalty shootout, as his save went down as the defining moment of the game.

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Liverpool's love affair with the city of Istanbul continued, as the continental kings added further European glory to their ranks.

As the Reds won their first piece of silverware in the new season, let's look at three reasons why they managed to do so.

#1 Roberto Firmino's introduction changed the game

Liverpool v Chelsea: UEFA Super Cup
Liverpool v Chelsea: UEFA Super Cup

With the Reds going into the interval with a 1-0 deficit, Jurgen Klopp's men had work to do against a resurgent Chelsea side.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was chosen to start ahead of Roberto Firmino and although the Englishman did his reputation no harm, he was withdrawn at the break in favour of the Brazilian.

Firmino wasted no time as he made a decisive contribution with virtually his touch of the game, setting up Mane for the equalizer early in the second half.

Liverpool's attack lacked incision without the mercurial Brazilian but his introduction at half-time proved to be a masterstroke from Klopp.

The former Hoffenheim once again turned provider for Mane, this time in extra time as his pass from the left-flank was brilliantly latched on to and finished by the Senegalese hit-man.

Liverpool looked all the more dangerous with Firmino leading the line and the Brazilian looks all set to play a pivotal role as the Reds aim to compete on all fronts this season.

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