Frank Lampard made three changes from the heavy 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, including handing a full debut to Christian Pulisic, while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp handed a first start since April 2018 to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of Roberto Firmino.
The Chelsea coach would have been delighted with the way his team started, taking the game to Liverpool despite intense pressing from the Reds.
But it was Mohamed Salah, the former Chelsea man, who had the first opportunity, seeing his poked effort kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chances were starting to come at both ends and Pedro couldn’t believe his luck, or lack of, when he thundered his left-footed effort off the underside of the crossbar.
The Blues began to press forward and got their reward when Kante dribbled through the middle, finding Pulisic in the channel, and the American found Giroud who coolly slotted home underneath Adrian.
It could have been 2-0 just minutes later when Pulisic thought he had his first Chelsea goal. The American starlet cut in from the left and raced past Joel Matip before firing a low shot into the corner. But after consulting VAR, referee Stephanie Frappart correctly chalked the goal off for offside.
Jurgen Klopp sent on Firmino at the break and the decision paid off almost immediately, with the Brazilian superbly setting up the chance for Mane, and the Senegalese stabbed home from close range on 48 minutes.
Liverpool were hoping to strike while the iron was still hot, pushing Chelsea back into their own half, but the Blues weathered the storm as the game entered a cagey phase.
That was until the 74th minute when Kepa made a sensational double save to deny Mohamed Salah and then Virgil van Dijk on the rebound, tipping the Dutchman’s close-range effort onto the crossbar to keep the scores level.
Mason Mount, on as a substitute, thought he had struck a late winner but the flag was correctly raised against the 20-year-old.
With nothing to separate the two sides, the match went to extra-time and the drama continued shortly after.
Firmino was once again the architect for Liverpool, crafting a lovely cutback for Mane, and the Senegalese hammered home into the roof of the net.
But an error from Adrian allowed Chelsea to get back on level terms, colliding into Abraham in the penalty area. Up stepped Jorginho and he coolly rolled his penalty into the corner – but it was Liverpool who took the Cup on penalties.
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has been speaking to BT Sport:
“Welcome to Liverpool! What a crazy week. It’s so easy playing with these guys at the back. I’m so happy to get the trophy and really happy for the fans.”
“I tried to stop when I saw him [Tammy Abraham], he touched me and I touched him. He was looking for [contact]. I need to see the replay again. I told the referee I tried to stop but it doesn’t matter. We’re just going to enjoy tonight.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been speaking to BT Sport:
“It was tough. It’s quite humid here, tough with extra-time as well. The lads were struggling, trying to keep the ball but we made lots of sloppy passes.
“It was tough, we know Chelsea are a good side and it’s not a dream here to lose on penalties like we did in Community Shield. But today the luck is on our side. I’m delighted for Adri who was the hero here tonight.”
“We had a game on Friday so we’re delighted to win, we want to win as many trophies as we can. Now, we’re going to enjoy it but focus on recovery for a big game Saturday.
“We didn’t play particularly well tonight but we kept working in tough conditions. It’s important to keep winning and I’m delighted for this man [Adrian].”
What a moment for Adrian, though.
A few weeks ago, he was training in a park to get fit and find a new club. Now, he saves the decisive penalty in the Super Cup shootout. Incredible turnaround and just look what it means.
For Chelsea, that’s three Super Cup defeats in a row now.
But that might just be the most painful of them all. It was there for the taking and with two offside goals, it’s another case of what could have been for Frank Lampard’s men.
Jurgen Klopp sprints onto the pitch to celebrate with the Liverpool squad.
Another trophy to add to the cabinet, although the Reds will know they rode their luck tonight.
LIVERPOOL WIN THE SHOOTOUT.
LIVERPOOL WIN THE SUPER CUP!
Penalties | Liverpool 5-4 Chelsea
Pressure on Tammy Abraham now. The striker hits it… AND ADRIAN SAVES!
Penalties | Liverpool 5-4 Chelsea
Who else but Mohamed Salah to take what could be the decisive penalty.
He wasn’t missing that.
Penalties | Liverpool 4-4 Chelsea
Emerson ignores Adrian’s taunts and fires it straight down the middle.
Tension running high now.
Penalties | Liverpool 4-3 Chelsea
Alexander-Arnold looks calm and collected. Again, Kepa goes the right way but AGAIN, can’t keep it out.
Penalties | Liverpool 3-3 Chelsea
Mason Mount looks a bit nervous but he hammers it into the top corner. Wow. What a hit!
Penalties | Liverpool 3-2 Chelsea
Origi has so often been the hero for Liverpool. Kepa guesses right but it slips underneath him!
Penalties | Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea
Barkley, the boyhood Everton fan, strikes it right into the corner. Keeper… no chance.
Penalties | Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea
Fabinho, who barely looked like he could stand five minutes ago, steps up and it’s a lovely penalty into the bottom corner.
Penalties | Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Can Jorginho beat Adrian for a second time tonight?
Yes he can! This time he switches corners and Adrian is left stranded.
Penalties | Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea
Cool as you like, Firmino sends Kepa the wrong way.
Let’s go then.
Firmino will take the first penalty…
Who will be a hero? Kepa or Adrian?
The teams are huddled. Players receiving massages.
This. Is. A. Shootout.
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Super Cup lineups and team news
Liverpool XI: Adrian, Gomez, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane
Subs: Lonergan, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Lallana, Shaqiri, Brewster, Origi, Hoever, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott, Kelleher
Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Pulisic, Giroud, Pedro
Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Barkley, Abraham, Willian, Kenedy, Mount, Zappacosta, Batshuayi, Tomori, Gilmour