Klopp hails big 'personality' Adrian after Cup win

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard gestures during the UEFA Super Cup 2019 football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul on 14 August 2019

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Prior to saving Abraham's penalty in the shootout, he conceded a spot-kick for bringing down the England global to hand Chelsea an equaliser in extra-time after Sadio Mane's double put Liverpool in front.

Frappart, of France, led a team of predominantly female officials, with Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O'Neal from the Republic of Ireland serving as assistant referees. I was not loud because I wanted to give some information, but he was really on his toes and that was good.

"It's an fantastic story - I don't know where Adrian was two weeks ago when we played Man City (and had a penalty shootout!)".

Klopp saluted the player's big "personality" as a factor in why he has settled so quickly and performed so admirably for Liverpool despite his competitive inactivity.

Adrian praised his team-mates, adding: "With them, it's so easy to play at the back". "That was my absolute opinion".

"I told Adrian before the penalties he could be the hero - he did it so I'm happy for him and for the club". "Whatever you could have thought before the game, there was pressure on them like hell with an historic moment".

"He could not have played directly after we landed in Liverpool, but I saw him now, he is ok and it looks better, but the decision will be made tomorrow - there is no chance to make it early".

In the first half Klopp's team were lethargic, not unlike in the Community Shield where they lost on penalties to Manchester City, but Liverpool came good after the break with the introduction of Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino, who proved to be a scourge for the Chelsea defense.

A masterful assist from the young American.

The game had gone to extra time after a Sadio Mane double had cancelled out Olivier Giroud's opener for Chelsea before Jorginho's penalty took it to a shoot-out.

Kelleher (20) has just returned from a wrist injury himself but Adrian suffered an ankle problem after a pitch invader jumped on him during celebrations for Liverpool's penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday. "After Sunday, tonight was another level, and we were unlucky not to win".

"It was a long game but at the end it was a great finish for us".

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