Jurgen Klopp is hoping to give Liverpool fans more special Istanbul memories by overcoming Chelsea to lift the UEFA Super Cup.
Besiktas Park will witness the first all-English final in the competition’s history on Wednesday, when the Reds will attempt to secure more continental glory in this Turkish metropolis.
Liverpool are considered strong contenders to retain the Champions League this season and are overriding favourites with bookmakers to win the Super Cup.
Chelsea are available at 5-1 to win on Wednesday but Klopp will not be taking Frank Lampard’s side lightly, even after their 4-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday.
“I didn’t know that everybody expects us to win,” the German said. “So far we could avoid that information until you told me. No problem for us what people think around us.
“We respect Chelsea a lot, saw the game against Manchester United and if you saw the game without the result you would have no idea how the game was because the game was really a very good game.
“They had a few changes: new manager, lost Eden Hazard, brought in young players like (Tammy) Abraham, Mason Mount. They are a really interesting team.
“Frank did an outstanding job at Derby last year, changed the football there. Being a good football side in the Championship is really difficult, unlucky at the end against Aston Villa to get promoted.
“Now he is at Chelsea, his club, everything is fresh, everybody is ready and on their toes. They will be 100 per cent ready and we have to make sure we are ready too.
“Everything that doesn’t help us to win the game you have to ignore.”
Liverpool will be hoping to secure their first piece of silverware of the season on Wednesday, having already lost the Community Shield to Premier League foes Manchester City.
Alisson Becker started that game but a calf injury sustained against Norwich means newly-signed back-up goalkeeper Adrian is set to make his first start.
Andy Lonergan, another recently acquired goalkeeper, has also been included in the 23-man squad, but Dejan Lovren is conspicuous by his absence as talk of a move to Roma rumbles on.
Asked if the Croatia defender will leave this month, Klopp said: “No idea.
“It is because he is ill. We will see what happens in January, not only this window.”