Liverpool FC made it into the final of the Club World Cup in Doha. In the World Cup semifinals, Jürgen Klopp's team defeated Mexico's Monterrey CF 2-1 (1-1). Naby Keita took the lead (12th minute), Rogelio Funes Mori equalized (14th minute). Substitute Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal in added time (90. + 1). In the final on Saturday, Liverpool will face Flamengo from Brazil, the winner of the Copa Libertadores in South America.
Monterrey had qualified as the reigning winner of the Central American Concacaf Champions League for the tournament, Liverpool had won the premier class in Europe. The Reds could win their first title as club world champion.
Klopp didn't line up his best Liverpool team. Regulars like Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold sat on the bench. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané were initially missing in the storm. Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for it. The sick defense chief Virgil van Dijk was also not in the starting XI.
Early leadership, quick compensation
Nevertheless, Liverpool took the lead after twelve minutes. Mohamed Salah played a through ball through the Mexican defense line into the box. There Keita accepted the ball and hit the ball 1-0 (12th). Monterrey quickly equalized. Liverpool were unable to clear the ball after a free kick. Goalkeeper Alisson fended off a shot and Rogelio Funes Mori hit the ball to make it 1-1. (14).
With more possession, Liverpool was initially the game-determining team. From an acute angle, James Milner missed the chance for the 2-0 (23rd). Monterrey also had a good chance when Alisson had to fend off a dangerous pass from Dorlan Pabón into the five-meter space (27.). Monterrey started better in the second half. Pabón failed with a free kick from 30 meters to Alisson (50th). By the end of regular time, Monterrey had more shots on goal than Liverpool.
In the last 20 minutes, Klopp replaced the nominal regulars Alexander-Arnold, Mané and Firmino. That paid off in added time: After a flat cross from Alexander-Arnold Firmino directed the ball from a few meters to the winning goal (90. + 1).
Liverpool was eliminated from the English League Cup on Tuesday. Due to the schedule of the cup game one day before the club World Cup match, Liverpool had set up a team of U23 players. Aston Villa won the game 5-0.
Monterrey CF 1-2 Liverpool (1-1)
0: 1 Keita (12.)
1: 1 Funes Mori (14th)
1: 2 Firmino (90th + 1)
Monterrey: Barovero - Medina, Montes (79th Layun), Sánchez, Vangioni - Pabón (82nd Meza), Rodriguez, Pizarro (90th Gonzalez), Ortiz, Gallardo - Funes Mori
Liverpool: Alisson - Milner (75th Alexander-Arnold), Henderson, Gomez, Robertson - Keita, Lallana, Shaqiri (68th Mané) - Salah, Origi (85th Firmino), Oxlade-Chamberlain
Referee: Tobar (Chile)
Yellow cards: Gomez, Klopp (coach) / Vangioni, Mohamed (coach), Gallardo