Liverpool's Club World Cup journey
Liverpool have made it to the Club World Cup final after beating Monterrey in injury time. The match started well for Liverpool as they looked the better side and got a goal through Keita in the 11th minute. The lead did not last long though, as Monterrey got the equaliser three minutes later after a rebound shot fell right into the feet of Funes-Mori who put the ball past Allison.
Monterrey started to get into their flow and were the more dominant side in the first half. The second half started slowly with both teams not wanting to concede. As the half progressed, both teams had chances, but none were taken. The match looked like it was going to head to extra time until the 91st minute when Salah got the ball on the right and needed some good footwork to keep it and give it to substitute Alexander-Arnold who put in a delightful low cross for Firminho to slot the ball home for the winner.
Liverpool now go on to face the South American Champions, Flamengo in the final. Flamengo won their second-ever CONMEBOL Libertadores after beating River Plate in the final last month. They faced Al Hial in the semi-final in which they won 3-1 pretty comfortably. It is exciting to see the champions of the two biggest football continents go face to face in the final of this club World Cup. Both teams are very strong and in good form which is a recipe for an exciting final.
This is the first time since 2005 that Liverpool are competing in the tournament and will be looking to win it for the first time. The tournament is held in Qatar as they are preparing for the World Cup there in over two years’ time. The final will be played on Saturday at the Khalifa International Stadium, which is one of the World Cup venues.