The 2019 UEFA Super Cup takes place at Vodafone Park in Istanbul on Wednesday evening and Liverpool look like strong favourites to get the better of Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Champions League holders Liverpool kicked off their league campaign with a convincing 4-1 home victory against new boys Norwich City and they come up against a Chelsea side reeling from their 4-0 opening-day defeat to Manchester United.
Egypt international Mohamed Salah got his name on the scoresheet against the Canaries in what was a lively performance, while Belgium forward Divock Origi also found the back of the net.
Jurgen Klopp’s men won the last meeting with the Blues, running out 2-0 victors in April, and the Merseysiders will be confident of getting the job done in 90 minutes on Wednesday in Istanbul.
Liverpool certainly have goals throughout their side, having netted 89 times in the league last season, and they proved their attacking prowess in that comfortable win over Norwich.
Chelsea also look to have goals in their side and, arguably, they should have scored at least once in that loss to the Red Devils. A number of chances were passed up in that first half at Old Trafford and the players will be eager to make amends.
France international Olivier Giroud and USA star Christian Pulisic could be given starting roles, having been named on the bench in the opener, and the duo would add more of a threat in the final third.
In the last seven meetings between the two sides, five have ended up with both teams scoring.
Salah has started the season in fantastic fashion after getting off the mark against Norwich and he continues to thrive at Anfield since arriving from Roma in June 2017.
The 27-year-old has scored 55 league goals from 75 appearances while he has also netted 16 times from 27 Champions League matches, proving he can mix it on both the domestic and European stage.
Salah is the spearhead of Liverpool’s attack and he will be raring to go on Wednesday, making him a big price at 7/2 to open the scoring at Vodafone Park.