While the domestic season may have gotten underway now, there are still odd games here and there that need to be included in the schedule. One such game is the UEFA Super Cup, which went down in Istanbul, Turkey earlier this week. Liverpool were coming off the back of their triumph over Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid, whereas Chelsea bested London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final over in Baku. It was all set up for a really enjoyable and entertaining game, and it certainly lived up to the hype.
After the Blues took the lead, Klopp’s men were able to turn the game on its head before a penalty from Jorginho ensured that the tie went to penalties. A Tammy Abraham miss handed the trophy to Liverpool, and while it may not mean much to a lot of fans, the club seemed to thrive off of winning a piece of silverware this early on in the season – especially after losing to Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Now, the focus and attention will turn towards this weekend, as it should do. Liverpool’s quest to win the Premier League for the very first time will continue when they travel down south to face Southampton at St. Mary’s. The history behind this game, especially in the last few years, speaks for itself, with the two PL sides sharing a variety of transfers, with the most notable one of all being Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutch defender is widely considered to be one of the best players in world football today, and the hope from many will be that he showcases that for all to see against his former club. Southampton have always been heavily praised for their ability to produce some real world class talent, and this homecoming should be fascinating to see.
Pushing towards the end goal
In terms of what fans should expect, this should be seen as a home run, slam dunk or whatever analogy you want to use for Liverpool. There’s no guarantee whatsoever that they’re going to get the win but they should certainly be treating it as such, because one little slip up this early on could snowball into a really bad run of form. If that happens, they’ll lose track in the race to catch up to City, who you pretty much have to be perfect against in order to beat and overtake.
Perhaps you could argue that’s part of the excitement, but to be honest, we just want to see a good game – and we’re confident that is what we’ll get. The Reds aren’t afraid to come out and attack away from home, and after scoring six goals in their first two competitive games of the campaign, they’ll be hoping to increase their tally against the Saints.
Southampton were embarrassed and humbled by Burnley in the opening game of their season, so as you can probably imagine, they’ll be desperate to bust a few accumulators in this one.