FIFA Club World Cup Match Preview: Liverpool vs Flamengo
Date & time: December 21st 2019, 17:30
Where: Khalifa International Stadium
Is it on: BBC 1
Ref: Al Jassim Abdulrahman (QAT)
Another semi down, another final attended. Liverpool have started to make a bit of a habit of this in the past six months.
The Reds have already picked up the Champions League, Euro Super Cup and have the chance to be the first LFC side to become World Champions.
Teams won't care about it unless there in it. Make no mistake, if Spurs had beaten us back in June, this would be their entire focus as well.
Much like it was for Man Utd 20 years ago, as it was for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, etc. European teams want to win this trophy.
For our opponents, it's no different - this trophy is huge in international football, even if it's poo-pah'd back home. The acclaim, the prize money and, most importantly of all, becoming the first LFC team in our history to win it are reason enough.
It will also develop further that winning mentality that we're starting to see amongst this squad and will boost the playing staff ahead of a very tiring run over the next 6 weeks.
Injuries & Suspension
The Reds are without the usual suspects over the past months of Fabinho, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren. Gini Wijnaldum is also expected to miss out.
Thankfully, though, Virgil Van Dijk has trained today with the rest of the team and should be available to start against Flamengo tomorrow.
Our opponents tomorrow have no injuries to speak of.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-W
Flamengo (all comps): W-W-W-L-W
Predicted Line up
It's fairly straightforward really, what team Jurgen Klopp should and probably will go with as the Reds look to win the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in the club's long history.
Starting XI: Alisson, Trent, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.