Chelsea draws 2-2 after extra time, Jurgen Klopp’s teachers won 5-4 in the shootout in Istanbul, on August 14.
The match between dual sub-teams – Adrian San Miguel and Tammy Abraham – can be considered the focal point of the match at Vodafone. Adrian came into the ball at a slow pace with Abraham in the first extra time, making Liverpool 2-2 equalizing. But to the “gun battle”, Adrian managed to push Abraham’s last kick to bring Liverpool’s first title this season.
Adrian joined Liverpool on a free day on August 5 and was awarded a key start when the number one goalkeeper Alisson injured in the first round of the Premier League. Pushing the penalty shot of Abraham into the middle of the goal, Adrian reminded Liverpool fans of the night of illusory Istanbul more than 14 years ago. At that time, Jerzy Dudek also prevented a kick in the middle of Shevchenko’s goal in the fifth shot, bringing in the Merseyside Champions League.
Liverpool’s victory in Istanbul on August 14 is not simple. The two teams had to move thousands of kilometers to Turkey to play when the Premier League opened. Without the best physical strength, the two teams still offered a speed match with a lot of dramatic attacks.
Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea (pen 5-4)
Coach Jurgen Klopp has to keep two reserve pillars, namely defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and striker Roberto Firmino. Meanwhile, coach Frank Lampard let Christian Pulisic kick the left flank, with Pedro and Oliver Giroud forming the attacking trident. More importantly, Kante returned to the mainline to increase the quality of the line between Chelsea.
Liverpool’s only dangerous chance in the first half in the 16th minute, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cut the ball for Salah to break the offside trap to face Kepa goalkeeper in a tight corner. The Egyptian star waved its outer cheek to the far corner but failed to reach Kepa’s hands. Chelsea responded immediately to the next attack, when Pedro poked Giroud down with a chance to finish in a tight angle but missed the goal.