FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™

FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019™

11 December - 21 December

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Liverpool FC LIV

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final
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Road to Qatar 2019

Liverpool had to battle past a challenging group containing the likes of Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League before sweeping Bayern Munich and Porto aside to reach the last four. A 3-0 defeat in the first leg to Barcelona looked to have ended their title hopes but an incredible 4-0 win in Anfield sent them to the final. Goals at either end of the final from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi saw off Tottenham Hotspur in the all-English climax.

The coach

Jurgen Klopp ended a run of six major final defeats with that triumph in June. Renowned for his “heavy-metal football” – best-known for its intense ‘gengenpressing’ – developed at Borussia Dortmund, Klopp’s style has matured at Liverpool. This was reflected in his side having the tightest defence in the Premier League in 2018/19, while having two of the division's three joint-top scorers.

What to expect

Having come within a point (and a handful of goals) of their first English league title since 1990, the Reds are a ferocious offensive force thanks to their attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Salah. Meanwhile, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are arguably the most creative pair of full-backs anywhere in Europe right now.

The stat

6 – Only Real Madrid and AC Milan have more European titles than Liverpool, who earned their sixth title 14 years on from their fifth, having won their first four between 1977-84.

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