Arsenal Vs Burnley in Premier League 2019 to put a nice, juicy cherry on top of the Champions League sundae. And it’s against a domestic foe who we have had some recent-ish European history against. “Allez Allez Allez” against…(checks notes), still “Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea” is it? Well, OK then. Sure, a domestic opponent might not be the most exciting team to face in Europe, but Liverpool have a rare opportunity to heap some misery on Chelsea on a big stage. Moreover, we get to do it in Istanbul. Let’s do this.
The match pits last season’s Champions League winners (Liverpool) against last season’s Europa League winners (Chelsea). Liverpool started their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 win over Norwich on Friday evening before Chelsea lost 4-0 at Manchester United on Sunday.
“Every player in there needs to be aware of the importance of the game to this club and we have to give everything, because it’s going to be tough.
Having played in the Community Shield, the Reds then opened the Premier League season on Friday Night Football against Norwich. Their trip to Istanbul is followed by a Premier League match at Southampton at 3pm on Saturday.
“It’s going to be tough, but we cannot walk off the pitch and think, ‘Oh, we could’ve done that’ or ‘We missed that opportunity’ or ‘We weren’t quite ready’ or make any excuses for ourselves.”
Jurgen Klopp named the same starting XI for the clash against Norwich as he did against Manchester City in the Community Shield, but will he make changes and potentially prioritise the Premier League?
If Mane returns, that means Divock Origi – scorer of the second goal in last season’s Champions League final and one of the top performers against Norwich – is likely to drop to the bench.