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Chelsea and Liverpool will face each other on Wednesday night in the UEFA Super Cup final at the Besiktas Stadium in Turkey.
Frank Lampard has a number of injury worries heading to this clash, as N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger and new number 10 Willian don’t seem to be match fit.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have all been out since last season.
And now, Jurgen Klopp’s side are about to get their own taste of injury worries. Solid midfielder Naby Keita was part of the Liverpool squad making their final preparations at Besiktas’ stadium in Turkey on Tuesday evening, but the Malian was forced to withdraw from a shooting drill after a warm-up with his teammates.
Keita had to leave the pitch looking uncomfortable and was speaking to Liverpool’s head physio Lee Nobes and was seen flexing and shaking his right leg while walking away.
The 24-year-old suffered a thigh injury during Guinea’s final Africa Cup of Nations campaign this summer but he was fit enough to play 23 minutes against Manchester City in the Community Shield earlier this month, and was on the bench for their season opener against Norwich.
Klopp will also be without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson for the game against Chelsea as he suffered an injury in their 4-1 win against Norwich.
Speaking ahead of the Super Cup final clash, Lampard acknowledged Liverpool have a good manager in Jurgen Klopp and also have good players in their squad but he believes the Blues can beat Liverpool if we play at our best.
Lampard said: “I’m optimistic because I believe in the players. We’re here in the final because we deserve to be due to the achievements of the players and the club last season. We understand the quality of an opponent like Liverpool because they deservingly won the Champions League this year.
“They have a good manager and players so it will be a test but I know if we play at our best then we can win the match.”