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UEFA Super Cup: Why Adrian may well be Liverpool’s most important player against Chelsea

Liverpool take on Chelsea on Wednesday night in the UEFA Super Cup from Istanbul.

The two Premier League sides will lock horns at the BJK Vodafone Park from 8pm, a game you can hear live on talkSPORT.

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Former West Ham shot-stopper Adrian is back to haunt Chelsea
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Since Roman Abramovich’s arrival at Stamford Bridge in 2003, Chelsea and Liverpool have developed a strong rivalry – be it the remarkable European nights under the lights or the controversies in the transfer market.

The two sides experienced contrasting starts to their seasons, with Liverpool smashing Norwich at Anfield on Friday in a 4-1 win.

But then less than 48 hours later, Chelsea were hit for four themselves at Old Trafford as Manchester United blew them away.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard applauds the travelling Blues fans following the Old Trafford thumping
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Perhaps the only positive from the weekend for the Blues was the fact Alisson Becker was ruled out of Wednesday’s fixture.

Thankfully, the Brazil international’s injury is merely trivial, but you would think the sight of Adrian in goal for Liverpool as his deputy would be a relief to the Chelsea strikers.

But in actual fact, you would be mistaken.

The Spaniard, who joined the Reds on a free transfer from West Ham United this summer, has an outstanding record against Chelsea and no-one knows that better than Frank Lampard.

Adrian had a stormer against the Blues back in 2014
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In January 2014, Jose Mourinho’s side were going for the Premier League title and faced West Ham at home.

The Hammers were on a woeful run of form, having been beaten 5-0 by Nottingham Forest and having conceded 17 goals in their previous five fixtures.

But, despite facing an incredible 39 shots, Adrian in goal managed to stand firm and somehow frustrate Chelsea as they held on for a goalless draw.

Boss Jose Mourinho lambasted Sam Allardyce for playing ’19th century football’, but it was two valuable points dropped at home.

In fact, Adrian has a good record against Chelsea in all competitions – beating Chelsea twice during his time in the East End.

The 32-year-old has conceded eight goals from the seven occasions he has faced Chelsea – is far better than the 28 he has conceded against Manchester City and the 14 he has conceded against Tottenham.

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He may not be Alisson, but Chelsea know they are locking horns with an old adversary on Wednesday in the Turkish capital.

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