Our prediction for this FIFA Club World Cup match:
All eyes will be on Khalifa International Stadium when Liverpool and Flamengo face each other in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup final. Jurgen Klopp rested several first-team regulars in the semi-final game against Monterrey, and, as a result, the Reds were more than fortunate to beat the CONCACAF Champions League winners in Doha. The German tactician, though, is likely to field the best possible side against Flamengo, meaning that the likes of Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, and Roberto Firmino should be recalled to the starting line-up.
Considering that Liverpool have been impressive in the Premier League this season, we are positive that they are going to lift the trophy. Flamengo recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final, with the team setting up a meeting with the Reds by beating Al Hilal 3-1. Anyhow, the Brazilian side will have a much bigger fish to fry in the title game.
Highlighted Player (Sadio Mané):
Sadio Mane is a Senegalese footballer who plays for Liverpool as a winger. Mane was born in Sedhiou Senegal on April 10, 1992, but he made his senior debut at French club Metz. In 2012 he moved to Red Bull Salzburg, with the pacey winger scoring 31 goals in 63 appearances for the club in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Mane then decided to take a step forward in his career as he joined famous Premier League club Liverpool for a fee of £34 million, signing a five-year contract with the Reds. The Senegal international quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Liverpool and, no doubt, he helped the Anfield outfit make it to the 2017/2018 Champions League final.
Speaking of trophies, Sadio Mane won the Austrian Bundesliga with Salzburg in the 2013/2014 season. In 2017 he was named Liverpool player of the year for the 2016/2017 season. Sadio Mane made his Senegal debut in 2012 and he was part of the Senegal team that participated at the 2012 Olympic tournament.
Highlighted Team (Liverpool):
Founded back in 1892, Liverpool are one of England’s and world’s most famous clubs. The Reds hold a high-profile rivalry with Everton and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the Merseyside derby.
The Reds welcome their opponents at Anfield and it has to be noted that they have already won 18 first division trophies. Liverpool were on the verge of lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, but Steven Gerrard slipped in the decider against Chelsea and left the Reds without a title.
Liverpool won one of their last Champions League trophy's in 2005, with the team coming from three goals behind to beat Milan in a historic clash in Istanbul. The Reds have clinched six European Cups and it is no surprise they are regarded as one of the greatest European clubs.
The likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Paul Ince, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Sami Hyypia and Luis Suarez are some of the most notable footballers to have represented the club over the years. The club’s anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone and their shirt colour is red.