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FIFA Club World Cup 2019, 2nd Semi-Final Liverpool vs Monterrey Preview

Liverpool face Monterrey in the second semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 in Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium. Courtesy their victory in the European Championship in June earlier this year, Liverpool have made a direct entry into the semi-final of the tournament and now will face a challenging Monterrey side in a bid to make it to the finals of the tournament.

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Meanwhile, they beat Watford on Saturday to register their 16th win from 17 games as they come to Qatar with an eye to win the Club Football World Cup 2019. Mohamed Salah scored both the goals as The Reds went past their opponents 2-0. In the game against Monterrey, Salah will once again be the key player for the Reds upfront. Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is fit enough after recovering from his knee injury and will add weight onto the playing XI.

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Monterrey, the opponents of the Reds, in the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 semi-final are coming into this game after beating the local team Al Sadd 3-2. Carlos Rodrigues scored the third goal for Monterrey in the 77th minute. Abdel Karim Hassan then scored the second goal for Al Sadd in the 89th minute to give them some hope but by then it was too little too late to make a comeback. All the three goals scored by Monterrey in the five-goal thriller were scored from some superb strikes. Monterrey are expected to name the same starting XI which beat Al-Sadd in the previous round as they would not look to break the winning combination. Vincent Janssen, their regular captain was sidelined due to injury as Rogelio Funes Mori led them against Al Sadd. He is expected to don the captain’s armband against Liverpool as well as be the main defensive force in the back four.

Liverpool meanwhile has been playing some really good brand of football. While the back four is being led by Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have become key fullbacks for them over the last year and a half. Salah and Faminho form the attacking force up from with good link-up play between themselves.

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Brazilian Club Flamengo have already advanced to the final of the tournament after beating Al Hilal FC 3-1. If Liverpool wins the semi-final against Monterrey, both the clubs will face-off in the final at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday. Flamengo beat Liverpool 3-1 in 1981 in Tokyo’s National Stadium. 38 years later, Liverpool have an opportunity to take the revenge in Doha’s Khalifa Stadium in the FIFA Club World Cup 2019.

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