Liverpool stars arrive in Turkey as Jurgen Klopp’s men bid to pile more misery on Frank Lampard by winning UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul
- Liverpool take on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in Istanbul
- Jurgen Klopp’s men took a flight from John Lennon Airport on Tuesday
- The Reds beat Norwich 4-1 while Chelsea were thrashed 4-0 by Man United
The Champions League winners take on the Europa League victors at Vodafone Park in Istanbul with manager Klopp looking to get his hands on a second trophy with the club.
And the squad were all smiles as they arrived at John Lennon Airport on Tuesday morning.
Jurgen Klopp poses after receiving a bouquet of flowers on the tarmac at Istanbul Airport
Virgil van Dijk (left) and Mo Salah (right) make their way off the plane on Tuesday afternoon
Jordan Henderson (left) and James Milner head towards the bus after arriving in Turkey
The likes of Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane were happy to stop and greet a small group of excited fans as they made their way off the coach while Klopp looked amused as he signed one supporter’s miniature replica Champions League trophy.
Klopp and captain Henderson were then handed bouquets of flowers as the team touched down at Istanbul Airport after their four-hour flight later in the day.
The team had every reason to be in high spirits after kicking off their season with a 4-1 victory over newly-promoted Norwich on Friday night.
The Reds wrapped up the three points before half-time with Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi all netting after an early own goal from Grant Hanley at Anfield.
Klopp hands a pen back to a fan after signing his replica Champions League trophy
Roberto Firmino smiles as he arrives at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport on Tuesday morning
Salah looked in good spirits as he made his way off the coach and into the terminal
Not everything went to plan, however, with goalkeeper Alisson having to be substituted after picking up a calf injury.
The Brazilian will be sidelined for at least ‘a couple of weeks’ with the club set to sign veteran Andy Lonergan on a short-term deal as cover. Summer signing Adrian is in line to make his first start for the Reds.
Chelsea, meanwhile, endured a nightmare start to their campaign, suffering a 4-0 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford in Frank Lampard’s first competitive game in charge.
Liverpool will be hoping the match goes like their last one in Istanbul, where they famously came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.
Jordan Henderson stops to sign a supporter’s shirt before following his team-mates inside
Sadio Mane looked relaxed ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash in Istanbul