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Chelsea CAN thrill without Eden Hazard, Adrian was a great signing by Jurgen Klopp... but rivals will be eyeing up Liverpool's backline: Things we learned from the Super CupLiverpool overcame Chelsea on penalties in Istanbul to win UEFA Super CupBut Blues impressed in showing against the European championsAdrian is the perfect understudy that Liverpool have needed to support AlissonLeicester City and Southampton were also big winners from Super Cup clash 

Whether you count the UEFA Super Cup as no more than a glorified friendly or value its small prestige as a European trophy, there was little doubt Liverpool and Chelsea went all out to win it in Istanbul.

Eventually it was the Reds that prevailed in a penalty shootout, with Adrian saving a Tammy Abraham spot-kick to win them their second European trophy in three months.

There was plenty to take away from the Istanbul clash as we look at the six things we learned. 

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifts the UEFA Super Cup after their win over Chelsea

Two games and two defeats for Frank Lampard, yet Chelsea have still shown enough in that time to suggest they can seriously challenge for the top four this term.

The loss of Eden Hazard with no way of replacing him with a transfer ban was a serious issue for the Blues this summer and while they are no doubt a weaker team, there is huge promise for the future especially after another strong showing from Mason Mount.

The Blues took the European champions all the way in Istanbul, and their 4-0 defeat at Manchester United was a very unfair reflection on the pattern of play - with the Blues creating big chances. There are reasons to be cheerful at Stamford Bridge. 

Mason Mount put in another accomplished performance for Chelsea despite their loss

Lampard has now experimented with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in attack and at this stage it is France's World Cup winner that should lead the line.

The 32-year-old took his goal well and deserves a run in the first team which he has not been seriously given in his previous 18 months at the club.

That's not to write off Abraham, who won a penalty, and has shown glimpses of his talent in the first two games under Lampard. But time is on his side and Giroud's experience is vital to a team not blessed with it. 

Olivier Giroud has earned the chance for a sustained run in the Chelsea first-team

Just over a year ago, Liverpool had not just one goalkeeper problem but two. At times it didn't matter if Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius was in goal - Anfield at one point was the capital of slapstick comedy with its keeper double act.

After the comedy show had a farewell tour in Kiev for the 2018 Champions League final, Alisson put an end to the laughs last summer after joining as undisputed No 1.

But the timely arrival of Adrian also ensures they have a safe pair of hands as back-up too. Not only does he have the competence to cover the injured Brazilian but he will have little issue in his role as understudy for when Liverpool's No 1 does return. It eliminates a selection headache for Jurgen Klopp and is a win-win for all those involved.

Adrian is the perfect understudy Liverpool have needed to support Alisson 

Despite demolishing Norwich City on Friday night and seeing off a spirited Chelsea to win the Super Cup, there are signs of defensive frailties returning for the Reds.

It's not quite errors that are blighting them as before but the side that conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League last term have let slip a worrying number of decent chances in their last two games through their high defensive line.

Chelsea far too often cut them open with a through ball in Istanbul, especially in the first half. But even newly promoted Norwich found it easy to play through their high backline at Anfield, with only poor finishing denying the Canaries a more respectable scoreline in their opening Premier League weekend loss.

Tammy Abraham misses out after one of many occasions Chelsea breached the Reds' defence

As our attention spans decline along with the sudden popularity to can extra time, Istanbul's additional 30 minutes was a welcome reminder that even in a glorified friendly there is still a place for it in the modern game.

Granted, they don't always deliver high drama but if the game had gone straight to penalties we would have missed out on Liverpool's sublime move for Sadio Mane's second goal.

Perhaps crucially of all - it is still the fairest way to decide a drawn game that needs a winner. Why always rush for penalties which is little more than a cheap drama fix?

Sadio Mane's sublime second goal would never have occurred if extra time had been ditched

The first argument to the above point would be who the other winners from the Super Cup were. Most notably of all, Southampton.

The Saints will be fresh after a week's preparation to host a Liverpool side on Saturday, who have had to travel to the other side of Europe, compete in a two-hour match and travel back in the same period before focusing on their 3pm meeting at St Mary's.

Chelsea have a little more leeway in that they welcome Leicester City on Sunday to Stamford Bridge, but you can guarantee the Foxes were more than pleased at having to see their opponents slog it out for an extra 30 minutes in Istanbul. 

Leicester City (above) and Southampton benefited from the additional 30 minutes in Turkey

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