By William Hill
Last Updated: 20th December 2019
Liverpool are just a game away from being crowned world champions. Following last season’s emphatic Champions League victory, Jurgen Klopp’s team travel to Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium to face Flamengo in the FIFA Club World Cup final. We preview the fixture.
Club World Cup’s grand finale
If the men in red thought they were in for an easy night going into Wednesday’s semi-final, they were sorely mistaken. The Anfield outfit were tested right to the very end by Mexican side Monterrey and could only break the deadlock with an injury-time winner from Roberto Firmino.
Now they go up against Flamengo, who beat Al Hilal 3-1 on Tuesday to reach the final.
Looking to cap a brilliant year with another high-profile trophy, Klopp needs one last burst of effort from his Liverpool side in Qatar.
As Alan Hansen famously said, “you don’t win titles when you’re playing well, you win titles when you’re playing badly.” Time and again, the Reds have shown they can do just that this season. The markets seem to agree, with Liverpool priced at a short 1/4 to lift the trophy.
Their opponents are firm underdogs at 11/4 but, as Wednesday’s semi-final showed, nothing is for certain in this tournament. Priced at 15/4, perhaps the smart money is on a draw after 90 minutes, with this match going into extra-time.
Flamengo have the technical ability and desire to push Liverpool all the way, and a lot rides on whether Virgil van Dijk will return from injury in time – particularly the odds of both teams to score, priced at 11/10 in the no category and 4/6 in the yes category.
Back Salah to find back of the net
Firmino sealed the deal for Liverpool with a neat finish on Wednesday, but he was expertly set up by Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Salah, who has netted four goals in his last four, is 19/20 to score anytime on Saturday.
The free-scoring Egyptian is, as usual, the name on everyone’s lips ahead of the match. Fellow Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is close behind him at 6/5 to score anytime, with Divock Origi and Firmino next in line at 6/4.
Savvy punters should have their eye on Salah to score first, the odds of which have been enhanced from 10/3 to 4/1. Similarly, Mane to score two or more was priced at 7/1, but is now available at 8/1. Mane, the Premier League’s joint top scorer from last season, could well have a brace in him yet.
Finally, Firmino to score and Liverpool to win was 9/5, but has been enhanced to 9/4, which could also be worth taking advantage of.