Team manager Jurgen Klopp has won the Club World Cup for the first time with Liverpool FC and finished the year with an international title hat-trick.
In the final in Doha/Qatar, the Reds won 1-0 (0-0) after beating Libertadores Cup winner Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro and celebrated the third title of 2019 and the second of the current season after winning the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.
In the re-edition of the 1981 World Cup final, which Flamengo decided 3-0 under the direction of the “wei-en Pele” Zico, the ex-Hoffenheimer Roberto Firmino (99th) scored the decisive goal as in Monterrey CF (2:1).
“It was an interesting game. It was a good performance. We kept going and defended well. I’m happy with the performance,” captjordan Jordan Henderson said.
In contrast to the semi-finals, world coach Klopp was again able to rely on his recently ill defensive boss Virgil van Dijk in the starting line-up. Also in the starting eleven are Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mané and Firmino, who are on the bench against Monterrey.
Former Bayern star from the start
Liverpool got off to a brilliant start at the Khalifa International Stadium: after just 41 seconds, Firmino, who scored in the post-match period, fired the ball free-kick in front of Flamengo keeper Diego Alves’s goal.
In the following minutes, the souver-ne top-ranked premier of the Premier League brings the Brazilian champion, in which coach Jorge Jesus offered the cheeky Bayern player Rafinha from the beginning, with tempofu-ball to b-chst several times in bredouille. The Frehere Leipziger Naby Keita (5th) and Alexander-Arnold (6th) in promising positions the frehe Féhrung.
It wasn’t until midway through the first half that Flamengo got into the game better. Also because the Reds pulled back and the six-time Brazilian champions opened up a lot of rums in midfield – to the displeasure of Klopp, who gesticulated at the time and again and expressed his dissatisfaction. Nevertheless, the Frehere Wolfsburg player Bruno Henrique (26th) awarded the first and only opportunity of the Brazilians before the break.
Referee takes spewed penalty whistle to the back
There, Klopp seemed to have found the right words. After the change of sides, the Reds started again where they had hung up after 20 minutes. Firmino (47th) hit the post with a t-kish set-up, superstar Mohamed Salah (50th) narrowly missed the goal. On the other side, Liverpool’s closing man Alisson beat Gabriel Barbosa (53rd).
Salah’s alleged strike (76th) was not given because of an offside position – a penalty (90-2) after a foul by Rafinha on Mané on the penalty area boundary was taken by referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim (Qatar) after a lengthy video test.
Firmino then scored the winning goal in the second leg after a game-changer over Captain Jordan Henderson and Salah.