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📝Liverpool vs Flamengo Match Preview: Prediction & Lineups

Sat 21 December 2019 | 13:25

Liverpool vs Flamengo are going to meet each other tonight, in the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 Final.

Tonight the

FIFA Club World Cup

final match is going to be held between

Liverpool vs Flamengo

in Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar.

In the semi-finals,

first Flamengo went against Al Hilal

where the match was finished with a 3-1 result for Flamengo.

The second semi-final was held between

Liverpool and Monterrey

. The match was over with a 2-1 result for Liverpool.

All you need to know about Liverpool vs Flamengo

Here is all you need to know about Liverpool vs Flamengo match in advance:

Liverpool in details

The Reds are currently on top of the Premier League with 49 points and have had a very interesting season so far. However, we believe that they are not still in their best and can perform even better.

They are going to face Flamengo tonight in the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 final match. In their most recent match, they went against Monterrey in this competition semi-final just after being thrashed against Aston Villa with a 5-0 result. Although it has to be mentioned that they went on the pitch for that match with their second team squad.

In the case of team absentees, it has to be said that Dejan Lovren is still out for this match due to thigh injury. Besides him there are Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne, both out due to knee injury. The team’s other injury is Fabinho as he cannot play after his ankle injury. It also has to be mentioned that Virgil Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum are the Reds’ major doubts for this match.

Flamengo in details

On the other side of the pitch, there are Flamengo who defeated Al-Hilal with a 3-1 result to get to the final. The good news for the team’s fans is that they currently do not have any fresh injuries and will start this match with a full option squad. 

Teams’ background

These are the facts worth mentioning from the history books:

Liverpool and Flamengo will meet in a competitive match for a second time, with Flamengo beating the Reds 3-0 in the 1981 Inter-Continental Cup final in their only previous contest.

Liverpool have lost both of their previous matches against Brazilian clubs in all competitions, losing 3-0 to Flamengo in 1981 and 1-0 to São Paulo in the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup final.

In all competitions, Brazilian teams have won four of their previous five meetings with English opposition, including all three in the FIFA Club World Cup. The only English team to beat a Brazilian opponent were Manchester United, defeating Palmeiras 1-0 in the 1999 Inter-Continental cup.

Liverpool have become the first English side to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup on more than one occasion; however, just one English club has previously won the tournament: Manchester United in 2008 after beating Ecuadorian outfit LDU Quito in the final.

In what is their first-ever appearance in a FIFA Club World Cup tournament, Flamengo have become the seventh different Brazilian club to reach the competition’s final; no other nation has had more than four different finalists.

Of the last 12 FIFA Club World Cup tournaments, 11 have been won by a European side, with each of the last six winners of the competition in a row coming from Europe since the Brazilian side Corinthians won the trophy in 2012.

This will be the third Club World Cup final to see an English side meet a Brazilian club; the Brazilian finalist has won on both previous occasions, São Paulo beating Liverpool 1-0 in 2005 while Corinthians bettered Chelsea in 2012.

Flamengo are looking to become the fourth different Brazilian club to win the Club World Cup, after Corinthians, São Paulo, and Internacional. However, two of the last three sides from Brazil to reach the final lost that match – Santos in 2011 against Barcelona and Grêmio against Real Madrid in 2017.

Should they win, Flamengo will become the first team to win the Club World Cup in their first-ever participation in the competition since FC Bayern München in 2013, and the first Brazilian club to achieve the feat since Internacional in 2006.

Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in six of Liverpool’s last eight goals scored across all competitions; the Egyptian assisted Naby Keita’s opening goal for Liverpool in their semi-final win over Monterrey last time out.

Possible lineups

Liverpool (4-2-3-1):

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Henderson, Keita, Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane, Salah.

Monterrey (4-2-3-1):

Alves, Rafinha, Caio, Mari, Luis, Arao, Gerson, Ribeiro, De Arrascaeta, Henrique, Barbosa.

Match info

  • Date: Saturday, 21 December

  • ​Time: 18:30 CET (20:30 local)

  • Venue: Khalifa International Stadium

  • Referee: ​Al Jassim Abdulrahman

Prediction

We have the Reds and Klopp on one side of the pitch here, so considering the general situation and the teams’ performance so far, it has to be said that Liverpool has a better chance of lifting the trophy of FIFA Club World Cup 2019 in our opinion.

Which team do you think will be the champion? Leave your comment in the comment section.


source: SportMob