Liverpool vs Monterrey are going to meet each other tonight, in the second FIFA Club World Cup 2019 Semi-Finals.
Tonight the second
FIFA Club World Cup Semi-Final
is going to be held between
Khalifa International Stadium
as Klopp has traveled to Qatar with his first-team squad.
It was last night when the other two semifinalists of this competition,
, went against each other and finished the match with a 3-1 result for Flamengo.
Here is all you need to know about Liverpool vs Monterrey match in advance:
Liverpool are currently first in the Premier League and have had a very interesting season so far.
They are going to face Monterrey tonight with their first-team squad; this is while the team faced Aston Villa last night for the Football League Cup quarterfinals using their second team squad and so were beaten 5-0. However, they had to do so as they had to choose one.
In the case of teem absentees, it has to be said that Dejan Lovren has stayed at home due to his thigh problem, while Joel Matip, Fabinho, and Nathaniel Clyne are also out due to different kinds of injuries.
The good news is that Georginio Wijnaldum seems to be fine after being injured during Saturday's 2-0 win over Watford, as has traveled with the rest of the team to Doha.
On the other side of the pitch, there are Monterrey. The team have had an interesting performance so far, as they overcame Al-Sadd in the quarterfinals with a 3-2 result. However, the semifinals would be a more challenging match for the team as they have to go against the leaders of the Premier League.
Monterrey will also be without their long-term absentee Aviles Hurtado. This is while they will have a familiar face in the squad, Rogelio Funes Mori, who is the twin brother of former Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori.
These are the facts worth mentioning from the history books:
This will be Liverpool’s first-ever competitive meeting with a Mexican opponent, while Monterrey have faced an English side once before in the Club World Cup, losing 3-1 to Chelsea in the 2012 semi-final.
In all competitions, Liverpool have lost three of their four previous matches against clubs from outside of Europe, losing to Flamengo in 1981, Independiente in 1984 and São Paulo in 2005.
Monterrey have reached the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup for the second time in what is their fourth entry to the competition; Mexican clubs have lost all seven of their previous semi-final matches in the tournament, most recently Pachuca against Grêmio in 2017.
Liverpool are participating in the FIFA Club World Cup for a second time, and the first since 2005 when they finished as runners-up to Brazilian club São Paulo. They are the first English side to compete in the tournament since Chelsea in 2012, who also finished as runners-up to a Brazilian champion.
Sides from Europe have won all 14 of their semi-final matches at the Club World Cup. The wins include English clubs winning all three of their previous such matches, with Liverpool beating Costa Rican side Saprissa 3-0 in 2005 before Manchester United beat Japan’s Gamba Osaka 5-3 in 2008 and Chelsea picked up a 3-1 win over Liverpool’s opponents for this game Monterrey in 2012.
Monterrey have won five of their last seven Club World Cup fixtures and are looking to win back-to-back matches in the same year of the tournament for the very first time.
Alisson, Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Jones, Milner, Keita, Mane, Shaqiri, Firmino.
Barovero, Medina, Montes, Sanchez, Vangioni, Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Pizzaro, Pabon, Gallardo, Funes Mori.
Date: Wednesday, 18 December
Time: 18:30 CET (20:30 local)
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium
Referee: Roberto Tobar
Considering both teams’ performance and their ranking so far, it has to be said that Liverpool has a great chance of not even winning this match, but also lifting the trophy as they are coming into this game incredibly strong.
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