15 December 2019 10:39
Liverpool have confirmed a 20-man travelling squad for the FIFA Club World Cup. The Reds fly to Qatar today before entering the tournament at the semi-final stage on Wednesday, with Monterrey their opponents in Doha. Dejan Lovren is not included after sustaining a muscle injury against Salzburg earlier this week, but Georginio Wijnaldum does travel following his withdrawal in the second half of the win over Watford. Liverpool have confirmed their 20-man squad for the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar. The Reds will bid to win the competition for the first time in their history as they fly to Qatar today (Sunday) ahead of Wednesday's semi-final clash with Monterrey in Doha. Despite facing a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Aston Villa just 24 hours before their first game, they take a first-choice squad to Qatar.
But Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Fabinho all miss out after recently suffering injury blows. There is positive news for Georgino Wijnaldum, however, with the Dutchman in the squad after being taken off with an injury in the second half of Saturday's Premier League win over Watford. (Image: Action Images via Reuters) Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been vocal in his criticism of their fixture pile-up, branding the situation "absolute b*******" after beating Watford. Klopp said: "With Gini injury today, with Dejan four days ago, our squad is not getting bigger. That is of course not cool.
We have to cut the number of games, not put more in. "We have to cut off games not put more in. Until then we do what we do but it's clear we need each point because it's a tough long season." He was also scathing in his latest assessment of Club World Cup organisers, after news that all games are to be played at the same stadium. "All the games are on one pitch now...and it is raining out there. It's sensationally organised.
It looked like Reds midfielder Wijnaldum would miss out, however, after the Dutch ace was forced off during Liverpool's 2-0 win against Watford on Saturday. Wijnaldum limped off, with Klopp saying after their win he wasn't sure how long he would be without the midfielder. However, the Dutchman has been included in their Club World Cup squad in a major boost to the Reds. Get the biggest Liverpool FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Gini Wijnaldum has been included in Liverpool's travelling squad for the FIFA Club World Cup - with the Reds dropping a major selection hint ahead of their Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa. Wijnaldum was considered a doubt after limping off during the 2-0 Premier League win over Watford on Saturday with what appeared a hamstring problem. But while the Dutchman will be on the flight to Qatar on Sunday, Dejan Lovren has been left behind as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem suffered in midweek at Red Bull Salzburg. Lovren is one of three players absent from the official 23-man squad Liverpool submitted for the tournament. Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster will also not make the trip, suggesting they will both be involved in Liverpool's Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa on Tuesday night. However, Curtis Jones and Neco Willliams are both in the party for Qatar. Jones made his Premier League debut at Bournemouth last weekend, while Williams was on the bench against Watford. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Liverpool enter the Club World Cup at the semi-final stage on Wednesday, when they will take on Moneterrey of Mexico (kick-off 5.30pm UK time). LIVERPOOL CLUB WORLD CUP SQUAD: Alisson, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Lonergan, Shaqiri, Robertson, Origi, Jones, Alexander-Arnold, Williams. (MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula CR Flamengo landed in Doha yesterday ahead of their participation in the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019. The Brazilian side, who secured qualification by winning CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores, will play Al Hilal FC in the semi-final on Tuesday at Khalifa International Stadium. The match will kick off at 20:30. CR Flamengo won their second-ever Copa Libertadores in November, beating Argentina's River Plate 2-1 in the final, and the team also recently won the Brazilian Serie A title. Thousands of Flamengo fans are expected to make the trip to Doha. 'This is a competition that brings club champions together and is full of difficult matches. Here in Doha, we'll represent a nation with over 40 million fans. We're very happy to play a FIFA Club World Cup and we will try to end this special year with another title, said team captain Everton Ribeiro. Should CR Flamengo and Liverpool FC both win their semi-final matches, fans could see a repeat of the famous 1981 Intercontinental Cup, a precursor to the FIFA Club World Cup. On that occasion, CR Flamengo emerged victorious in Tokyo, Japan, beating Liverpool 3-0. 'We're happy to represent Flamengo and Brazil in a high level tournament here in Qatar. A lot of people are talking about a possible confrontation with Liverpool, but we need to focus on the first game. I'm not interested in anything else at the moment. We have a team to win another tournament, but we need a lot of concentration and work here in Doha. That's how we won the Libertadores and the Brazilian championship, said the team's Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus. MENAFN1512201900630000ID1099424280