22 December 2019 09:36
Liverpool will give Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum every chance to be involved in tonight's FIFA Club World Cup final against Flamengo. Van Dijk missed the midweek semi-final win over Monterrey due to illness, meaning a start at centre-back for captain Jordan Henderson. At his preview to the final, Jesus said: "I have followed Liverpool and I have watched many matches when I was the head coach of Sporting and Benfica. Liverpool 2-1 Monterrey (December 18): Alisson, Milner, Gomez, Henderson, Robertson, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Salah, Shaqiri, Origi. Flamengo 3-1 Al Hilal (December 17): Alves, Rafinha, Caio, Mari, Luis, Arao, Gerson, Ribeiro, De Arrascaeta, Henrique, Barbosa.
It is the first time Liverpool have won the competition, which features each continent's champions, and they became only the second English team to lift the trophy. Liverpool's Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy as they celebrate after winning the Club World Cup at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 21, 2019. An extra-time goal from Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Brazil's Flamengo to win the Club World Cup at the Khalifa International stadium on Saturday. It is the first time Liverpool have won the competition, which features each continent's champions, and they became only the second English team to lift the trophy after Manchester United in 2008. Brazilian Firmino drilled home the winner in the ninth minute of extra time to secure victory for Juergen Klopp's European champions and Premier League leaders.
Salah went close and Flamengo's much sought after number nine Gabriel Barbosa twice forced Alisson Becker into action before a moment that left Klopp looking shaken. Salah had the ball in the net in the 76th minute but his effort was rightly ruled out for offside and Flamengo keeper Diego Alves was at full stretch to keep out a curling Henderson shot. Then came the drama an interesting but not memorable game had been missing – Sadio Mane burst goalwards and Rafinha made a desperate sliding tackle from behind as the Senegalese forward fired wide. Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim pointed to the spot, ruling the former Bayern Munich defender had fouled Mane but left the field to check the VAR monitor and changed his decision after deciding the incident occurred outside the area. That meant 30 minutes of extra-time and the threat of a penalty shootout but the game was settled thanks to a classic Liverpool counter-attack. Henderson found Mane with a brilliant ball and the Senegalese striker span and fed Firmino, the Brazilian calmly cutting inside, losing his marker and drilling home. There was still time for one last opportunity but it was not to be Flamengo's night, substitute Lincoln firing over after he was picked out by a smart ball from Vitinho, and the Brazilians who had trekked from Rio to the Gulf were left to watch Klopp and his players enjoy another night of celebration. Liverpool completed their trophy haul by finally scooping the Club World Cup at the fourth time of asking. Roberto Firmino's extra-time strike was enough to see Jurgen Klopp's men overcome reigning South American champions Flamengo at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar. FT: LIVERPOOL 1-0 FLAMENGO (AET) Firmino 98' FULL-TIME EXTRA-TIME: Liverpool 1-0 Flamengo 120' - That was the chance for the Brazilian side! 92' - Extra-time starts with Barbosa being stretchered off for cramp. We head to extra-time...#ClubWC — Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 21, 2019 FT: LIVERPOOL 0-0 FLAMENGO We are heading to extra-time. OVERTURNED 94' - The referee has instead changed his mind and awarded a free-kick to Flamengo. FLAMENGO SUB Diego is on for Ribeiro YELLOW CARD 80' - Salah goes into the book for going in high on Vitinho. FLAMENGO SUB Vitinho on for De Arrascaeta LIVERPOOL SUB Lallana on for Oxlade-Chamberlain 72' - Doesn't look good for Oxlade-Chamberlain. 57' - Salah thinks he's through and after being tackled by his former Chelsea team-mate Luis, the ball rebound to him but he fires over. Liverpool started the second half so well, but now Flamengo are well on top. Flamengo are claiming for a penalty after Van Dijk handed off Barbosa, they may have a point but the officials are not interested. Liverpool 1 Flamengo 0: Roberto Firmino won the title for the Reds in Qatar From the resulting free-kick Liverpool feel as though they should have had a penalty as Henderson is hauled down. 36' - Liverpool have a great chance to counter through Salah but he fails to pick a pass. Liverpool vs Flamengo LIVE: Virgil van Dijk in action Liverpool started like a train but Flamengo are growing into the game now. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watches Flamengo's warm up Henderson fires warning "We're always confident going into games, no matter who we play, but at the same time we realise that Flamengo are a really good team with good players," Henderson said. Teams confirmed Liverpool starting lineup: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Flamengo line up: Alves, Rafinha, Caio, Mari, Filipe Luis, Ribeiro, Arao, De Arrascaeta, Gerson, Bruno Henrique, Barbosa. Liverpool vs Flamengo LIVE: Confirmed team news as Klopp's Reds chase Club World Cup glory "The view in Europe is different to the rest of the world [about its value] but we want to change that view," he said in his post-match press conference on Friday. Liverpool vs Flamengo LIVE: The stage is set for the Club World Cup final Hello and welcome to Express Sport's live coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup final in Qatar. Jurgen Klopp challenged his Liverpool heroes to take a giant leap by becoming world champions for the first time. Klopp even compared the achievement of lifting the Club World Cup to US astronaut Neil Armstrong landing on the moon for the first time. Liverpool boss Klopp said: "I don't know how you approach something that has never been done before, like landing on the moon. Liverpool have won the European Cup six times in its glorious history but never won this competition in its various guises. But Klopp admitted that the competition was traditionally more important to South American teams which has been summed up by the fixture chaos Liverpool left back home. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk trained for the first time since arriving in Doha but remains a fitness concern because of illness, while Georginio Wijnaldum did a session by himself as he looks set to miss out through injury.