19 December 2019 04:33
Ramiro Funes Mori cancelled out Mohamed Salah's opener in the Club World Cup semi-final (Picture: Getty) Glen Johnson believes Adam Lallana will be a relieved man after Liverpool booked their place in the Club World Cup final with a nervy 2-1 victory over Monterrey. The Reds will take on Flamengo in Saturday's final after Roberto Firmino swept home Trent Alexander-Arnold's exquisite cross late on to win Wednesday's semi-final. Jurgen Klopp's men looked set for a comfortable evening in Doha as Naby Keita latched on to Mohamed Salah's sublime through ball and beat Marcelo Barovero with a controlled finish in the 11th minute. However, Rogelio Funes Mori – twin brother of former Everton star Ramiro Funes Mori – capitalised on some lacklustre Liverpool defending to level for the Mexican outfit just three minutes later. Keita opened the scoring in Qatar (Picture: Getty) Stefan Medina beat Keita to a header at the back post and Alisson saved brilliantly to deny Jesus Gallardo, but the rebound fell to Funes Mori who made no mistake from close range.
Liverpool have made a habit of scoring important late goals this season and second-half substitutes Alexander-Arnold and Firmino combined to see off Monterrey in the 91st minute. Firmino swept in Alexander-Arnold's cross to send Liverpool to the final (Picture: Getty) Asked about Monterrey's equaliser at half-time, ex-Liverpool full-back Johnson told BBC Sport: 'There's too many players playing out of position. 'Lallana is in the middle of the goal and he runs past the goalscorer and just leaves him. 'If that was a natural holding midfielder or a centre-half they would not have run past that player. 'He did the right thing in trying to push out but you have to push out at the right pace. You can't just run past players, not in the middle of the goal.' Funes Mori was lurking between Joe Gomez and Lallana as Liverpool initially cleared the ball… Lallana then rushed out leaving Funes Mori free in the penalty area… Funes Mori could hardly miss from the edge of the six yard box… Virgil van Dijk missed the game after coming down with an illness and Jordan Henderson started in central defence alongside Joe Gomez. 'The solution we have was not planned like this. We knew it would be a centre-midfield player if the others were not available,' Klopp explained ahead of kick-off. Advertisement 'In this case it is Virgil. We have trained it already so we thought it could be difficult. 'If a player is ill then there is no chance to risk him because he is not even out of the room. 'He is really struggling but obviously he is on the way to getting better, but obviously tonight, no chance.' MORE: Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham in transfer battle to sign Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen